We all love Paola Mayfield. We stand by her when she's mom-shamed by morons over her outfits or for taking breastfeeding pics.
But the 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? star has made a statement that even her most devoted fans are struggling to defend.
Pao is using her platform to champion the "rights" of anti-vaxxers to endanger their own children and countless others. Oh no. ...
Paola was asked what she thinks of anti-vaxxers and, taking to her Instagram Story, she shared her alarming opinion.
"They have the right to choose what they want," Paola asserts.
"And," she insists, they have a "right to do "what they feel is safe for their loved ones."
Astoundingly, Pao even thinks that these plague enthusiasts should be allowed to do so "without being judged!"
That's a hard no, Paola.
Paola then does her best to convince her fans and followers that she is not speaking of herself, here.
"I’m not anti-vax," Paola claims.
She has said this in the past, but the truth is ... complicated, as we will explain.
"But believe me," Paola writes. "I will do my research before putting something in my little one!"
On top of everything else, her use of the word research is drawing some unflattering responses.
A couple of months ago, Paola was mom-shamed for vaccinating baby Axel.
It was the correct thing to do and the responsible thing for her to do.
Backlash from people prone to hysteria and vulnerable to misinformation campaigns was expected, unfortunately.
But some of the ire wasn't over Pao and Russ' decision to vaccinate -- not exactly.
Some 90 Day Fiance fans were concerned because Paola noted that Russ had been reading a discredited book by a noted anti-vaxxer.
At the time, Paola said that she and Russ would pick and choose which vaccines baby Axel would receive and when he would receive them.
Spacing out vaccines against a doctor's advice can endanger your child, especially in this era of outbreaks.
And skipping some vaccinations without a medical justification?
You know how you're always supposed to take the entire round of antibiotics, even if you start feeling better? It's like that.
Unless there's a pressing medical reason otherwise -- like, one confirmed by your child's actual doctor -- you can't just pick and choose.
Medicine is not a buffet.
Paola is a smart woman, and she's been very careful about not giving specifics about her plans for Axel.
But by expressing support for anti-vaxxers, she is making a clear statement:
She values the feelings of anti-vaxxers more than the actual, real life safety of their children and of other children.
You know how you don't have to be a nazi to help the alt right -- you just have to defend their right to advocate genocide?
Well, anti-vaxxers are the same way. You can't suppor their "right" to do harm in a vacuum.
While we're mentioning politics, we should note that there isn't a clear political association with anti-vaxxers.
They seem to be an alarming 10% of the population and are represented by only a few more percentage points on the conservative side.
That's a testament to Horseshoe Theory but also a glaring idictment of our education system.
Real talk: children with cancer, compromised immune systems, or certain rare allergies cannot be vaccinated.
Those kids need to be surrounded by people who cannot be carriers so that they will not die.
Vaccinations are not a personal choice because they impact others. We love Pao, but she's just wrong about this.