Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley’s odd fight over vaccinations – the tweets explain everything

Aaron Rodgers’ personal history with autism means that when he announced via Facebook that he had an unvaccinated child, there was a lot of concern within the scientific community. Shailene Woodley: having ‘no idea’…

Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley's odd fight over vaccinations – the tweets explain everything

Aaron Rodgers’ personal history with autism means that when he announced via Facebook that he had an unvaccinated child, there was a lot of concern within the scientific community.

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Despite speculation that his two-year-old daughter, River, was unvaccinated, the Green Bay Packers star came forward to reassure his followers and the the community at large. “I love my child and they love me back,” he said. “I love them so much that they don’t even care if I am vaccinated or not, at all.”

He also revealed that he is himself unvaccinated and had not vaccinated his son, Knute, who was born on 5 September 2012.

“I have never knowingly or intentionally had unvaccinated children in my home,” Rodgers said. “I wish the best for all children and will continue to vaccinate my children as is recommended.”

All on their own, his personal and medical history were, he felt, sufficient reassurance. Nevertheless, there was a health-concerning aspect of the news that remained, especially with all of the recent warnings on social media.

So it was significant that on Sunday, Rodgers’ fiancée, the Divergent actress Shailene Woodley, took to Twitter to share a cryptic message:

Shailene Woodley (@shailenewoodley) YES she is. No one is saying you can’t choose not to vaccinate but it is a valid choice. You don’t have to share my circumstances.

The beauty of a hashtag, a quick and easy explanation in 140 characters or less, is that the conversation can quickly spread. And so, the thought experiment of: do you have to vaccinate your children?, is now a tweet heard far and wide.

In the original version of the article, there was the caveat that Woodley was not providing an opinion, however other users felt it was insufficient to defer to her perspective. In other iterations, she appears to have been right on the money, giving a historical basis for her observation:

Shailene Woodley (@shailenewoodley) YES she is. No one is saying you can’t choose not to vaccinate but it is a valid choice. You don’t have to share my circumstances.

But did she think it was necessary to correct the original story? Her tweet does not offer a reason for why she felt differently from the rest of the world. It says that she is not saying “you can’t choose not to vaccinate” but does not offer any explanation, of why it is a valid choice to not vaccinate.

Following up her original tweet, Woodley continued to share numerous comments that maintained her view:

Shailene Woodley (@shailenewoodley) Again this reminds me: “Tell us what you believe in, but do so with responsibility” We’re not trying to somehow control what your belief systems are.

Shailene Woodley (@shailenewoodley) Ok? Sure the debate goes to establish facts. But not without a responsible history – ask the Christian Scientists.

Shailene Woodley (@shailenewoodley) Is there really another person who is ‘informed’ enough to opine on an unknowing child on the basis of a timeline of their personal choice?

Shailene Woodley (@shailenewoodley) You know what to do. Health has no borders. You can go anywhere you wanna go, and all of the naysayers should go too.

All of the other tweets she posted were positive, peaceful responses to people whose opinions differed from her own. There was nothing threatening. There was nothing to assuage any fears about her fiancé’s refusal to vaccinate her children.

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