Kristin Cavallari Says She's 'Read Too Many Books' to Vaccinate, Sparks Major Debate
byKaitlin StanfordMar 17, 2014
Laguna Beach alum and expecting mom Kristin Cavallari swung by Fox Business last Thursday for an interview with host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery. But while she was supposed to be there chatting about her new hosting gig for E!'s Fabulist, the conversation quickly derailed when Montgomery asked the new mom a rather controversial question: Does she vaccinate her kids, or is she "one of those communists" who doesn't believe in it, like Jenny McCarthy? (Yes, that is actually how the question was framed.)
While Cavallari was clearly not expecting the topic to come up, she answered honestly: No, she didn't vaccinate. Her reasoning? "I've read too many books about autism," she explained, before adding that "one in 88 boys now has autism, and that's a scary statistic." (The reality star already has one boy, 1-year-old Camden, and another on the way.) "There is a pediatric group called Homestead," she continued. "Homestead or Homefront, now I have pregnancy brain I got them confused—they've never vaccinated any of their children, and they haven't had one case of autism."
To this, Montgomery was quick to point out that no official studies have actually linked autism to vaccines. (In fact, the one study that ever did show a link has since been retracted.) She also took a moment to make things even more tense, by arguing: "Well, my mom vaccinated us, and she doesn't have any cases of autism either. Isn't that weird?"
Though the vaccination exchange lasted less than a minute, it managed to reignite the flames of an already fierce debate by Friday morning. And let's just say the negative comments around the Web were not too pretty. (Don't just take our word for it—check out the ones left on this Defamer post.)
In response to all the backlash, Cavallari tried to clarify her statements—as best she could—on the Friday talk show circuit. "Vaccines are not something I wanted to publicly come out and speak on. I sort of got bombarded in this interview and thrown off-guard," she said on HuffPost Live the next day. "There's really scary statistics out there, and to each their own," she continued. "Autism wasn't prevalent—like it is now—years ago, so something is going on, whether it's the chemicals in our food or the vaccines. Something is happening, and we can't really ignore that. I choose to believe that I think it's in the vaccines but, again, to each their own and that's where I stand on it."