Kat Von D Says She’s Not Anti-Vaccines Following Backlash

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“Just because we have hesitancies and valid concerns about injecting our baby with specific chemicals and toxins does not mean we are anti anything”

In case you missed it, beauty mogul Kat Von D and her husband are having a mini goth baby. Following the announcement, she posted an Instagram photo earlier this month where she revealed that she would be having an at-home birth and raise her child vegan and without vaccinations, which prompted major fan backlash.

In addition to fans, as Racked points out, a handful of beauty insiders chose to speak out against her post. Christine Mielke of Temptalia wrote on Twitter, “Science is awesome. Pseudo-science is not, fear-mongering based on shoddy studies is not. Fans encouraging you to read & research further isn’t hate, by the by, especially when they’re linking to said research,” before linking out to a piece about vaccine myths. Blogger Caroline Hirons is another who recounted the time her son was diagnosed with mumps and almost died.

In response to the backlash, Von D posted a follow-up post stating that, despite what she initially wrote, her and her husband are not anti-vaxxers. “Just because we have hesitancies and valid concerns about injecting our baby with specific chemicals and toxins does not mean we are anti anything,” she wrote. She says that, as a first-time mom, she feels a responsibility to question things and do research, noting that vaccines have been proven to work wonders, but that they may not be good for everyone.

Von D went on to write that her family’s personal medical records are nobody’s business, and whether they choose to vaccinate or not vaccinate their child is also nobody’s business. “So, perhaps before any of you feel inspired to harass us, spew hatred, or send ill-will our way, I hope you would try and understand that this is our first child together, and we are simply trying our best,” she wrote. She concluded with that she doesn’t plan on talking about the topic anymore and has no interest in fighting anyone.

You can read the full post, below.

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Showtime just ordered a pilot episode of Casallina "Cathy" Kisakye's comedy anthology series, which will be executive-produced by Lena Waithe. The show, called How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Shit), sounds like it'll be... informative.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the series is a comedy, it will also touch on some vulnerable subjects as well. It described the show as being about "connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing—and harrowingly comic—sexual secrets." Waithe said in a statement about the news, "Cathy's script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable—it's the kind of script that doesn't come around very often." She continues, showing her excitement for the project: "I'm honored that Cathy trusts me with such a special project. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Kisakye, who previously worked with Waithe on The Chi, says that the show is close to her heart, and that the series will portray three-dimensional, complex women. "With How to Make Love, I'm thrilled to tell stories about the women I know, who are complicated, passionate, resilient, and relatable," she said in a statement.

Kisakye is the creator of the show, and will be writing the pilot script. It's the latest project to come to Showtime through Waithe's first-look deal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, should it go to series, this would be the first anthology for the network.



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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]