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.
Eric Clapton revealed on July 21, 2021, that he would not perform at any concert venues that require audiences to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
"Following the PM's announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021, I feel honor bound to make an announcement of my own: I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present," said Clapton's statement, which was released via the social media of London-based Italian architect and film producer Robin Monotti Graziadei, who has repeatedly spoken out against vaccines.
- Age: 76
- Birthplace: Ripley, United Kingdom
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Men's tennis world number one Novak Djokovic admitted in a Facebook Live in April 2020 that he is an anti-vaxxer.
"Personally, I am opposed to vaccination, and I wouldn't want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel. But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision," Djokovic said.
- Age: 34
- Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
Lisa Bonet was one of the first celebs to speak out against vaccinations. She has been advocating that parents should make their own vaccine decisions since the 1990s.
- Age: 53
- Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States of America
Mayim Bialik thinks everyone should research vaccines for themselves rather than blindly letting the doctors decide. She says, "The number of vaccines that we received [as] kids is a third or a fourth less than kids get now. So my feeling is, you can really do whatever you want."
- Age: 45
- Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA