Another day, another opportunity for a celebrity to take a brave stand against medicine. On Tuesday, actress Jessica Biel lobbied alongside anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at the California State Assembly, where they both expressed opposition to SB 276. For those unfamiliar, SB 276 is a California state bill that would effectively limit medical exemptions from vaccinations, and require a state public health officer approve such exemptions.
In laymen's terms, it would stop anti-vaxx parents from making baseless claims about why they're not vaccinating their children, because they would be required to have exemptions filtered through a medical professional.
This bill is being floated with the express purpose of protecting public health, and according to the bill's sponsors, which include the California Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatric, the bill would not block exemptions for children with actual medical issues exacerbated by vaccines.
All this being said, when pictures of Biel lobbying against a pro-vaccine bill first hit the internet, it nearly exploded with reactions.
jessica biel coming out as an antivaxxer represents a low point for her personally. she was once so respected, and… https://t.co/t7VVMx1ZTv— Pants Consultant (@Pants Consultant) 1560390769.0
Jessica Biel trending Me: is she die or something Also Me: probably divorced Twitter: Jessica Biel anti-Vax. Me: https://t.co/MxD5dvvARp— hey.there (@hey.there) 1560410711.0
Can we get rich white people some hobbies that don’t include spreading deadly disease? https://t.co/m0ZQo2tHio— Ande Wall (@Ande Wall) 1560428776.0
When you finally don’t have to justify yourself to others when they question why you don’t like Jessica Biel https://t.co/9IVe4GECD3— lost gal 🌻 (@lost gal 🌻) 1560422748.0
Me: Why is #JessicaBiel trending? ***checks why*** CHRIST. https://t.co/LokrkZSDC8— Simone Evans (@Simone Evans) 1560417493.0
You mean now I have an actual specific reason to dislike Jessica Biel after disliking her for over decade anyway sk… https://t.co/vul7qvGXC5— Clarkisha Thee Auntie (@Clarkisha Thee Auntie) 1560391495.0
Some people are marveling at the absurdity of an actress with no medical school going to bat against actual medical professionals. Also, the grave misuse of her platform, which could easily be leveraged to support causes rather than conspiracy theories.
For clarity - @JessicaBiel is being criticized for lobbying against life-saving #vaccine laws, not her 'beliefs'.… https://t.co/GzrIdVtxgq— Dr. David Robert Grimes (@Dr. David Robert Grimes) 1560418076.0
Sure we know what Jessica Biel thinks but I’m waiting to hear from the rest of the cast of 7th Heaven before decidi… https://t.co/2rAD471ZSg— The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid) 1560432041.0
I disagree with Jessica Biel about vaccinations, but she'll still remain my #1 source for all other medical information.— Sean Thomason (@Sean Thomason) 1560386305.0
If anyone’s still casting Jessica Biel... https://t.co/y1oJ1118OW— Kris M. Wernowsky (@Kris M. Wernowsky) 1560429428.0
Jessica Biel just wrote me a prescription and it only has the words “An apple a day” on it?????????— Grace Spelman (@Grace Spelman) 1560393657.0
It’s shocking when a celebrity we admire supports a dangerous idea. But that’s why we don’t take health advice from… https://t.co/KoVFkiHE2T— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1560385932.0
Jessica Biel is against vaccinations? "There is a cult of ignorance in the United States… nurtured by the false no… https://t.co/HXPyIwOHYl— JRehling (@JRehling) 1560384862.0
Biel, upon receiving backlash, made a post on Instagram claiming she is not against vaccinations but rather wants to make sure that medical exemptions don't get cracked down on, or filtered expressly through a public health officer.
People were quick to point out the logic flaws in Biel's Instagram post, and how opposing this bill still firmly places her in the anti-vaxx camp. Also, she wrote the wrong bill number in the Instagram post.
Jessica Biel has done a 'gram and she has gotten the title of the bill she opposes wrong— Anna Merlan (@Anna Merlan) 1560433109.0
In an Instagram post, @JessicaBiel says she’s “not against vaccinations.” But she goes onto say a lot more and for… https://t.co/CArAuBoyol— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘) 1560431356.0
@thedailybeast It's absurd they claim to be against this bill for medically fragile children when the families of c… https://t.co/JcgyiI07aV— Nick (@Nick) 1560417109.0
Overall, people are disappointed to see yet another celebrity with privilege and platform cross over to the dark anti-medicine side.
Hey @JessicaBiel uh yeah something came up, gonna have to cancel that play date with our kids.— Kiss My @s (@Kiss My @s) 1560423747.0
imagine choosing to occupy the same intellectual space as Jenny fucking McCarthy https://t.co/Cg5iJFi7cu— shauna (@shauna) 1560387681.0
Ana Marie Cox doesn't wash her hands after going to the bathroom. Jessica Biel is pro plague. As if 53% of white wo… https://t.co/gy3WjKcFBS— aboleyn (@aboleyn) 1560387488.0
Doctors to Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake when their un-vaxxed children are dying at the age of 11: https://t.co/8b9iAvbd6q— Trey (@Trey) 1560384810.0
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