M.I.A. Came Out As An Anti-Vaxxer — Said She'd Rather Die Than Get One
The "Paper Planes" singer spread misinformation about vaccines on Twitter, with fans attempting to sway her position.
But not all celebrities are complying with recommendations from health officials. Just last week, Evangeline Lilly revealed why she decided not to socially distance, despite warnings from the CDC and health officials worldwide that it is crucial to slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and saving lives.
And now M.I.A. has revealed that she opposes another vital public health tool: vaccinations. Earlier today the musician, widely known for her hit song "Paper Planes," took to Twitter to give her take on vaccinations.
Here's the tweet:
The CDC — and countless doctors and scientists — have affirmed that current vaccines are both safe and effective, and save lives.
Some Twitter users attempted to use facts to educate the singer on how vaccines actually work.
She addressed one commenter by detailing a personal story of vaccinating her son.
In a now-deleted tweet, M.I.A. added, "Most of science is in bed with business. Business is in bed with banks, banks are in bed with tech, techs in bed with us, we're in bed with corona. Corona is in bed with science. So on...the best is prevention."
Most of the replies were mainly just filled with concern, explaining the benefits of vaccinations, especially in prevention.
The rapper then went on to say you don't need to "stress the medical systems" and "the vaccines you've already had is enough to see you through."
As more people challenged her views and sought out clarity, M.I.A. concluded the conversation. Here is one of her final tweets.
For more information on vaccinations and the coronavirus, check out the links below.
Parts of this post have been changed or updated to clarify that both vaccines and social distancing are safe and effective.