Model and singer Chloe Lattanzi is facing growing backlash for her opposition to vaccines and evidence-based medicine – with many critics pointing out that her disdain for doctors is seemingly at odds with her fondness for cosmetic surgery.
The 34-year-old daughter of Olivia Newton-John uploaded – and subsequently deleted – a social media post on Sunday about the ‘dangers’ of vaccines. In the same rant, she shared debunked conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 pandemic.
After her outrageous and unscientific views made headlines, Australians flocked to Twitter and Facebook to condemn her post while also accusing her of hypocrisy.
Under fire: Chloe Lattanzi (pictured with her mother, Olivia Newton-John) is facing growing backlash for her opposition to vaccines and evidence-based medicine – with many critics pointing out that her disdain for doctors is at odds with her fondness for cosmetic surgery
One critic tweeted: ‘Chloe Lattanzi doesn’t believe in science nor trust doctors, but hypocrisy kicks in for all her plastic surgery. Move on girl, you make no sense.’
Her post was widely condemned on the ‘Blocked By Pete Evans’ Facebook page, which is dedicated to debunking the misinformation espoused by disgraced celebrity chef Pete Evans and other conspiracy theorists.
One person wrote: ‘I wonder what “natural” medicines she used for induction and maintenance of anaesthesia for her cosmetic surgeries? And pain management for the recovery?’
Spreading misinformation: The 34-year-old model and singer uploaded – and subsequently deleted – a social media post on Sunday about the ‘dangers’ of vaccines. In the same rant, she shared debunked conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 pandemic
Facing scrutiny: After her outrageous and unscientific views made headlines, Australians flocked to Twitter and Facebook to condemn her post while also accusing her of hypocrisy
Another added: ‘Seriously? Vaccines are much safer than all that surgery she has had done to her face and body.’
A third commented: ‘[She’s] anti-vax but doesn’t mind injecting chemicals into her face.’
Chloe has spent an estimated $550,000 on plastic surgery, including nose jobs, breast augmentations, Botox and dermal filler.
She told Woman’s Day magazine in March 2017 that she underwent her first surgery, a ‘boob op’, when she was just 18, but wasn’t happy with the results.
The blonde, who has battled both an eating disorder and substance addiction in the past, later had the procedure corrected and now ‘loves showing off’ her 32DDs.
Transformation: Chloe has spent an estimated $550,000 on plastic surgery, including nose jobs, breast augmentations, Botox and dermal filler. Pictured with her mother in 2004
In her original post on Sunday, Chloe outed herself as an anti-vaxxer and falsely claimed that face masks, which are essential to limiting the spread of coronavirus, can cause ‘health problems’.
‘Natural medicine saved my mom’s life,’ Chloe, who has no medical training, began the post – referring to her mother Olivia’s long-term battle with breast cancer and well-publicised use of medical marijuana.
‘So natural medicine is the party I belong to. Not Republican! Not Democrat!’ added the former Dancing with the Stars contestant, who runs a cannabis farm in Oregon with her partner, James Driskill.
What was she thinking? In her post on Sunday, Chloe outed herself as an anti-vaxxer and falsely claimed that face masks, which are essential to limiting the spread of coronavirus, can cause ‘health problems’. Pictured during an appearance on The Morning Show earlier this year
‘What do you do when you don’t fit in a box? When you are a vegan, cannabis-growing, LGBTQ-supporting Buddhist that doesn’t agree with vaccines? Anyone relate?’
Vaccinations are vital to reducing the spread of preventable diseases, and any suggestion otherwise flies in the face of science and the advice of medical experts around the globe.
Chloe is also not being entirely truthful about her mother’s cancer treatment: while Olivia does advocate the use of marijuana to relieve pain, she has also received conventional treatment for her cancer, including radiation.
Listen to the experts: Contrary to what Chloe says, vaccinations are in fact vital to reducing the spread of preventable diseases – and any suggestion otherwise flies in the face of science and the advice of medical experts around the globe
While Chloe clarified that she does wear a face mask inside public places, she still believes that masks are ‘causing harm to little ones, and poor people that aren’t sick that have to suffocate [for] nine-hour days’.
She even claimed that people have ‘cried to her’ because ‘they can’t breathe and are now having health problems’ after wearing masks.
‘I’m gonna regret this,’ she concluded her post.
Chloe’s conspiracy theory that the prolonged use of medical masks causes oxygen deficiency (known as hypoxia) has been debunked.
‘Thin paper or cloth masks will not lead to hypoxia. Surgeons operate for hours wearing them. They don’t get these problems,’ Professor Keith Neal, an infectious disease expert, told the BBC.
Home on the range: Chloe runs a cannabis farm in Oregon with her partner, James Driskill (left)
Likewise, the WHO website states: ‘The prolonged use of medical masks, when properly worn, does not cause CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency.’
Chloe made headlines in March after posting a tone-deaf rant on Instagram complaining about having to ‘listen to people freak out’ about the coronavirus pandemic while waiting to catch a flight to the U.S. from Melbourne Airport.
Her post prompted one fan to remind her it was a serious situation, while another called her an ‘airhead’ and unfollowed her.
WHY VACCINES ARE IMPORTANT
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases before they come into contact with them.
Immunisation not only protects individuals, but also others in the community, by reducing the spread of preventable diseases.
Research and testing is an essential part of developing safe and effective vaccines.
In Australia, vaccines must pass strict safety testing before the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will register them for use. Approval of vaccines can take up to 10 years.
Before vaccines become available to the public, large clinical trials test them on thousands of people.
High-quality studies over many years have compared the health of large numbers of vaccinated and unvaccinated children. Medical information from nearly 1.5 million children around the world have confirmed that vaccination does not cause autism.
People first became concerned about autism and immunisation after the medical journal The Lancet published a paper in 1998. This paper claimed there was a link between the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. Since then, scientists have completely discredited this paper. The Lancet withdrew it in 2010 and printed an apology. The UK’s General Medical Council struck the author off the medical register for misconduct and dishonesty.
Source: Australian Department of Health