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After Saying She Won’t Vaccinate Her Kid, Kat Von D Wants You To Know She’s Not An Anti-Vaxxer

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Beauty entrepreneur and tattoo artist, Kat Von D is pretty clear about where she stands on certain topics. She’s been vocal about being anti-Donald Trump, she’s an avid supporter of animal rights, and is vegan. When she announced that she was pregnant with her first baby, Von D also made some statements that quickly put her into the anti-vaccine category. There’s also a dark past that Von D has been forced to discuss openly.

It’s not certain what made Von D address her fans and haters about issues that have been plaguing her career, though some attribute it to low business sales after she made the anti-vaccine statements on Instagram (which have now been deleted).

Kat Von D posted an 11-minute video on YouTube to dispel the notion that she’s anti-semitic and an anti-vaxxer.

In the video, Von D addresses why she got labeled a Nazi sympathizer, which is something that has followed her for years. She said it first began when she appeared on Miami Ink. She said that someone on that show didn’t like that she was getting more attention and that the show was getting better ratings after she began appearing on the show.

“That’s when the hazing started,” she said. “The mistreatment on set was pretty unbearable over the time that I was there filming. There were so many times that he said things to me that were so repulsive, I could never repeat those things out loud.”

She went on to say that she decided to leave the show because of the hostility, but producers wanted to give her her own show instead. When her assailant (whom she never names) found out that “L.A. Ink” would be centered around her, that’s when he threatened to expose that Von D was anti-semitic.

Von D said that her assailant had a headshot image of her with forged wording that was offensive, and claims she did not write those words.

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“I have no idea who actually forged the message, but what I do know is that the man who treated me so terribly on set took this 8×10 and threatened the network, saying that if they don’t cancel ‘L.A. Ink’ that he would go to all these different media outlets and release the 8×10 with the forged message on it.”

“After all these years, this is the first time that I’m actually talking about this publicly,” she said. “Honestly, I’ve been dreading making this video, but I know that it has to be done. I have to do it. I can’t just keep letting other people write this narrative that’s so inaccurate and so false and so awful. None of this feels good to relive.”

Then Von D discussed her anti-vaccine comments that she posted on Instagram before the birth of her baby boy.

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“I am not an anti-vaxxer. What I am is a first-time mother. I’m one of those moms that reads everything. I read everything from ingredients in foods to cleaning supplies to medicines — basically, anything that is going in my baby or on my baby. I research like a complete and total nerd.”

“After doing a bunch of research and reading the ingredients, naturally, I experienced some hesitancy,” she continued. “If I would’ve known that I would’ve let so many people down with that, I would’ve never ever shared where we were at with it at that time.”

She said that she has since been open with her baby’s doctor and they have adviced her on what is best for the baby. She added that she would not be making his medical records public nor discussing what medical path they are taking.

After the release of the video, some didn’t feel her apology or words touched on other reasons why they think she’s anti-semitic, including the name of one of her lipsticks.

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One of her lipsticks is called “Selektion” which is a word associated with the “Third Reich” according to ABC News. Rather than addressing the more public reasons behind the anti-Semitic label that has been placed on her, she went with a story no one had really heard from her.

For historical context, “selektion” refers to the practice of German Nazi officers selecting which prisoners lived or died when they arrived at the camps. We are experiencing a moment in our country when anti-Semitic attacks and rhetoric has found its way back into our politics. As such, these names are highly problematic and Kat Von D’s use of the word is troubling, regardless of the intention.

Others referenced that Von D once dated tattoo artist Jesse James who’s been accused of being a Nazi.

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People brought up the fact that her current baby daddy, Prayers, has a swastika tattoo on his neck, but he said last year that the symbol is a tribute to his “Paramahansa Yogananda” beliefs.

He wrote last year on Instagram: “IM NOT A NAZI” I’m Jewish from my father’s side, indigenous from my mother’s side and born in Mexico! When I was in my early 20s I practiced eastern philosophy. I also held free classes on yoga, metaphysics and spirituality, In my vegetarian restaurant for about 4 years. In the early ’90s before it became popular. The words of Paramahansa Yogananda saved my life! That’s what inspired my throat tattoo. My tattoo Is not in the shape of an X and it’s not a German swastika!”

Some people on social media still believe she is disingenuous despite the video.

People said that Von D bringing up she’s Latina doesn’t negate the fact that they can be racist just because they’re a person of color. Latinos have a long history of looking down on and being prejudice against dark-skinned Latinos and African-Americans.

Anti-black sentiment is something the Latino community continues to struggle with and, honestly, many refuse to do anything about the anti-black culture within the Latino community.

Some people think that her video came along too late.

It was bizarre for her to make a video about this kind of out of the blue. The scandal about her anti-vaxxer Instagram post and the claims of her anti-Semitism have been swirling in the universe for a long time.

There hasn’t been any renewed claim of these sentiments. However, the YouTube video is reigniting the debate about whether or not she is indeed an anti-vaxxer and anti-Semitic. It is almost as if the video is doing her more harm than good.

She has said thing in the past but has changed her mind later. She does attribute that to being young.

Who knows if she’ll be able to live this down. It certainly feels as if this video is adding fuel to the fire that is the harsh allegations. If there is anything you should know about the internet is that it never forgets. Also, the internet is a savage place where you can say whatever you want but people are going to take it how they see it and run with those allegations to all parts of the internet.

What will this mean for her brand?

Maybe she has some ride or die fans. It is all a matter of time to see how her brand weathers these new attacks. Regardless of her intention, it might have been smarter to wait until there was a reason to make this video. The news cycle has been elsewhere and this video is stirring so many thing up.

Here’s her entire video below.

Kat Von D Beauty is standing by the face of their brand. The company posted on Instagram about their unwavering support for Kay Von D and the belief in her innocence. What do you think?

READ: 21 Things You Didn’t Know About Kat Von D

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New Bill May Finally Protect DACA And TPS Beneficiaries For Good

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New Bill May Finally Protect DACA And TPS Beneficiaries For Good

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While the Trump Administration is in the middle of figuring out the Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal, Democrats are busy working on a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.

The process of figuring out how to solve immigration reform remains one of the most significant problems the government has been facing since the birth of the country. It’s also been a big uphill battle under the Trump Administration, but there is some headway. Some lawmakers on the left are making strides in trying to fix the issue for people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary protected status (TPS)

House Democrats introduced H.R. 6 — a bill that would lead to a path of citizenship for those with DACA and TPS status.

H.R. 6 — also called The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 — would help both those with DACA and TPS status by providing a path to citizenship under “conditional permanent resident (CPR) status” and a “roadmap to lawful permanent resident (LPR) status.” This law would benefit “immigrant youth who entered the U.S. before age 18, have four or more years of residency, and graduated from high school (or the equivalent).” Furthermore, the “law provides an opportunity for people who currently have or who may be eligible for TPS or DED who have three or more years of residency to apply for LPR status and, eventually, U.S. citizenship.”

The new bill is very similar to the Dream Act of 2017 in that it removes barriers to in-state tuition and makes it easier for states to provide in-state tuition to immigrant students.

“My experience as a young person of diverse background makes me a strong, passionate and determined U.S. citizen in waiting,” 21-year-old Jessica García, a DACA beneficiary told NBC news. She told the outlet that she considers herself “as American as ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ but with a proud Oaxacan heritage.”

“This is bill is not about dreams, but about realities,” García added, 21 she is hoping this bill is a game changer for her and for the 800,000 undocumented DACA beneficiaries. “I’m asking Congress to pass a permanent solution that would permanently protect people like me.”

Pro-immigrant advocates are urging Congress to pass the bill.

“It is imperative that we support the more than one million Dreamers in the United States, including more than 75,000 LGBTQ young people,” said Human Rights Campaign Government Affairs Director David Stacy said in a statement. “The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 will provide a pathway to citizenship for them, permanently protect TPS recipients, and provide a sustainable framework that addresses immigration without allowing this debate to further harm our friends, neighbors, and loved ones. Congress must pass this bill and live up to our nation’s human rights obligations.”

Click here for more information on H.R. 6.

READ: The Supreme Court Won’t Hear The DACA Case This Term Letting The Program Continue