Pregnant Kat Von D is facing severe backlash after announcing that she will not be vaccinating her unborn child. Fans, or former fans, of the tattooed reality-star-turned-beauty-mogul, are boycotting her popular makeup line due to her beliefs.
There is possibly no greater argument in the "mommy wars" than what to do when it comes to vaccinating a child and both sides of the debate have very strong opinions. Recently, the decision to not vaccinate a child has been seen as more and more harmful, as many have commented that this practice can endanger the life of the child in question and the lives of others. Those who choose not to vaccinate cite concerns about harming the child's immune system, or being worried about toxins that may exist in vaccines and the long-term impact of the drugs.
In an Instagram post, Von D personally announced that her child will not be vaccinated. She also said that will be having an all-natural drug-free birth. Her post started by acknowledging the pitfalls of having a public pregnancy, "I knew the minute we announced our pregnancy that we would be bombarded with unsolicited advice."
I knew the minute we announced our pregnancy that we would be bombarded with unsolicited advice. Some good and some questionable - unsolicited none the less. I also was prepared for the backlash and criticism we would get if we decided to be open about our personal approach to our pregnancy. My own Father flipped out on me when I told him we decided to ditch our doctor and go with a midwife instead. If you don’t know what it’s like have people around you think you are ridiculous, try being openly vegan. And, if you don’t know what it’s like to have the entire world openly criticize, judge, throw uninformed opinions, and curse you - try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations. My point being: I already know what it’s like to make life choices that are not the same as the majority. So your negative comments are not going influence my choices - actual research and educating myself will - which i am diligently doing. This is my body. This is our child. And this is our pregnancy journey. Feel free to follow me on here if you like what I’m about - whether it’s tattooing, lipstick, Animal Rights, sobriety, feminism, ridiculous gothiness, black flower gardening, cats, or my adorable husband. But if you don’t dig a certain something about what I post, i kindly ask that you press the unfollow button and move the fuck on. So before anyone of you feel inspired to tell me how to do this, I would appreciate you keeping your unsolicited criticism to yourself. More importantly, for those who have amazing positive energy to send my way, I will gladly and graciously receive it with love! X
She did not say how she came to the decisions that she has made, but she clearly stated that she has no time for any haters or for those who have anything negative to say. The response to her vaccine choice was swift, drawing criticism almost immediately. Adding to the controversy, Von D said that she and her husband will be raising their child as a vegan. Fans were not loving that comment either.
Beauty site Marie Claire shared tweets to prove that some makeup users are done with Von D and her products. Some fans made their boycott well known and made sure that Kat was aware of exactly why they would no longer be purchasing her products.
As a public figure, Von D's decision has clearly drawn the attention of others, but when she gives birth she has a right to raise her child however she pleases. Still, she should be aware of the effects that her decision has on her business and her public persona.
It will be interesting to see if her makeup line does suffer any consequences from the boycott. What do you think of Kat Von D's decision? Does this change your opinion of her either way? Let us know in the comments!