In recent years, a growing number of celebrities have been speaking out against the supposed "dangers" of vaccinations. Some of these famous people believe that the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine caused their children to develop autism, which has been disproven countless times. Other celebrities simply think that vaccinations should be a personal choice that is not mandated by the government.
Who is the most famous celebrity anti-vaxxer? Charlie Sheen ranks high. In 2008, he wrote a legal letter to his daughters' doctor, which stated that he did not consent to the vaccinations, reportedly viewing them as "poison." TV personality Jenny McCarthy is perhaps the most famous face of the anti-vaccine movement, as she believes that the MMR vaccine caused autism in her son, Evan.
Many other celebrities have chosen to not vaccinate their children, due to their beliefs that the vaccines cause autism or are otherwise harmful and unnecessary for their kids.
Like his ex-girlfriend Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey believes that certain vaccines cause autism. He spoke out against vaccinating children on Twitter on June 30, 2015, stating that "California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in mandatory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped."
Carrey went on to call the CDC "corrupt," but also explained that he isn't against all vaccinations. He tweeted, "I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-thimerosal, anti-mercury. They have taken some of the mercury laden thimerosal out of vaccines. NOT ALL!"
- Age: 58
- Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada
In an Instagram post on June 7, 2018, Kat Von D discussed her pregnancy and all of the unsolicited advice she was receiving in regard to child-rearing. In this post, she announced that she would not be vaccinating her child:
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... 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.
- Age: 38
- Birthplace: Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico
Smashing Pumpkins musician Billy Corgan is opposed to fear-based vaccinations. He says, "I do not trust those who make the vaccines, or the apparatus behind it all to push it on us through fear."
- Age: 53
- Birthplace: Grove Village, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States
Aidan Quinn believes that his daughter's autism was caused by the MMR vaccine. He says, "So we had a normal child that was walking, talking, doing everything way faster than she was supposed to. Then, after an MMR, she got a 106 fever and turned blue and woke up the next day with dark circles and not knowing who she was."
- Age: 61
- Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America