Jessica Biel has opened a can of worms after a picture of her posing with an anti-vaccination advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The actress has been accused of being an anti-vaxxer after she met the controversial activist and pose for pictures. The accusation isn’t too farfetched considering Biel has joined a group of Hollywood actors who are opposing a bill that could make vaccines mandatory in California. In the past, both Beil and husband Justin Timberlake have declined to comment on their stance against vaccines although they never vaccinated their child. She met Kennedy Jr to lobby against SB 276, a bill that will limit medical exemptions from vaccinations without a state public health officer approving them.
Kennedy and other anti-vaxxers have always been vocal about the bill that could give around 40 percent reductions in medical exemptions. If SB 276 is passed, it will make it difficult for parents to avoid vaccinating their children before enrolling them in schools.
Speaking about Biel’s decision to openly offer her support, Kennedy Jr has taken to Instagram, calling her “courageous.”
Please say thank you to the courageous @jessicabiel for a busy and productive day at the California State House
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Despite Kenndy Jr’s vaccine scepticism, he tells The Daily Beast that he objects to the label “anti-vaxx,” and calls it “pharmaceutical propaganda.” As for his alignment with Biel goes, he says she’s all “for safe vaccines and for medical freedom.”
Calling her an effective advocate for safe vaccines, he tells The Daily Beast: “She was very strong and very knowledgeable. Extremely well-informed. An extremely effective advocate. She knows what she’s talking about… She’s upset about this issue because of its particular cruelty. She has friends who have been vaccine-injured who would be forced to leave the state.”