Kat Von D has never shied away from voicing her opinion when it comes to animal rights, politics, and self-expression. There’s a reason why the goth princess has a vegan beauty line. She definitely has high standards when it comes to her brand. But now, as an expectant mother, Kat is facing a controversy unlike ever before.
The beauty mogul wrote on Instagram that she doesn’t plan to vaccinate her child.
“I knew the minute we announced our pregnancy that we would be bombarded with unsolicited advice,” Kat Von D writes. “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.”
Kat goes on to say that she understands her way of life isn’t the norm, and that people’s negative comments would not alter her way of thinking.
“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 — 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.”
Beauty blogger Christine Mielke didn’t call out Kat Von out right but tweeted: “Fans encouraging you to read & research further isn’t hate, by the by, especially when they’re linking to said research!” Another blogger, Caroline Hirons said on Instagram that her son had been diagnosed with mumps and almost died when he was 23.
“When I see people like @thekatvond using their platform to promote raising her unborn child ‘without vaccinations’, I want her and the drones of ill-advised people underneath, including @kandeejohnson to see and know that this is the reality of ‘benign diseases’. You have the absolute unbelievable arrogance of a ‘choice’, because the rest of us responsible people/parents DID vaccinate. These diseases were almost gone, now they are back because some people think they know better than all the scientists, physicians and specialists in modern science. As I said in my post last year, vaccinate your kids. Or keep them the hell away from mine.”