Since the first approved Covid-19 vaccine was administered in the U.S. in December 2020, these celebrities have spoken out against vaccination or mandates requiring them, with some spreading toxic misinformation about the proven safety of the jab.
Ant Man and the Wasp actress Evangeline Lilly revealed Thursday she attended Sunday’s “Defeat the Mandate” rally in Washington, D.C., posting an image on her Instagram account with the caption “I believe nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will.”
Lilly added that she supported Canadian truckers who have been protesting against a government Covid-19 mandate for cross-border drivers—protests Elon Musk apparently also supports, according to a tweet he sent out Thursday morning.
Musk told Time in December that he and his family have been vaccinated against Covid-19 and that the science behind the vaccines is “unequivocal,” but that he opposes mandates: “I believe we’ve got to watch out for the erosion of freedom in America.”
Longtime anti-vaccine campaigner Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke at the rally Lilly attended, suggesting Americans opposed to Covid-19 vaccines have it tougher than Anne Frank—a statement he apologized for on Tuesday.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday after telling a crowd in December she would get the jab “over my dead body,” was seen dining in two New York City restaurants this week—breaking the city’s vaccine mandate for indoor dining.
Former Utah Jazz guard and anti-Covid vaccine advocate John Stockton was banned from attending his alma mater Gonzaga’s basketball games on Sunday for his refusal to wear a mask.
Stockton then falsely told the Spokesman-Review that 150 athletes died after getting vaccinated “right on the pitch, right on the field, right on the court,” among other bizarre, unproven vaccine conspiracy theories.
Bill Maher, host of the HBO political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher who spoke out against the swine flu vaccine in 2009 and has hosted Kennedy as a guest on his show, told Deadline on Sunday that while he has received the initial two vaccine doses, he “didn’t want” to get them and “will never never get a booster shot” because it’s “useless.”
Unvaccinated tennis star Novak Djokovic was unable to compete in the Australian Open earlier this month after his entry visa was cancelled by Australia’s immigration minister on the grounds that his presence would excite anti-vaccine sentiment.
Joe Rogan, host of Spotify’s most listened-to podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, has repeatedly aired falsehoods about the vaccines, promoted unproven Covid treatments and railed against mandates, leading musician Neal Young to demand his songs be taken off the platform—a request the streaming service obliged Wednesday.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers misled the public about his vaccine status last year, telling reporters he’d been “immunized”—phrasing later revealed to mean he’d taken the Rogan-suggested immunization method of the unproven drug Ivermectin—before contracting Covid-19 and spreading misinformation about vaccines on the Pat McAfee Show.
Musician Eric Clapton claimed in May he suffered severe nerve damage in his fingers as a result of taking the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, and has refused to play shows at venues that require proof of vaccination.
Rapper Nicki Minaj, who was unable to attend September’s Met Gala due to the event’s vaccine requirements, claimed that her Trinidad-based cousin’s friend became impotent after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine—a side effect the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Health said had not been reported.
Chet Hanks, son of actor Tom Hanks, has posted multiple videos on his Instagram in which he compared Covid-19 to the flu and vowed, “Y’all ain’t sticking me with that motherf–king needle.”
Actor Rob Schneider, who in the past has endorsed the debunked theory that vaccines cause autism in children and has lobbied against local vaccine mandates prior to the pandemic, tweeted Covid-19 vaccines are “unapproved experimental gene therapy” in July.
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