Broadway star, shamed for refusing shot, explains why she quit show rather than get vaccinated

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A Broadway star who was shamed for having allegedly been fired from a show for refusing to obtain a coronavirus vaccine released a statement Tuesday claiming that she’d voluntarily withdrawn from the show after consulting with her doctor.

The hubbub surrounding Broadway actress Laura Osnes began last Thursday when Page Six ran an anonymously sourced report claiming she was “let go from a Hamptons show because she refuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19.”

The tabloid outlet further claimed that Osnes had been “pressed” by her co-stars to get the vaccine because some of them have children.

The only portion of the story that wasn’t anonymously sourced was a statement from the theater confirming only that, one, Osnes was gone, two, a replacement had been found, and three, stars must either be vaccinated or agree to weekly testing.

The statement didn’t contain any mention of her being fired, despite Page Six’s dramatic headline: “Broadway superstar Laura Osnes fired from show for not being vaccinated.”

Now flash-forward to this Tuesday, when Osnes posted to her Instagram disputing all of the outlet’s anonymously sourced claims, except for the claim she’d refused to get vaccinated.

 

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“In early May, I accepted an invitation to perform in a one-night benefit concert at East Hampton’s Guild Hall. A month ago, I was informed that protocols had changed, and I would now need proof of vaccination to participate,” she wrote.

“I was disappointed but responded that I would have to withdraw, as I have not yet gotten the vaccine. It is also important to clarify that none of my fellow performers ever ‘pressed me on the matter’ before I withdrew. It was a drama-free and discrete transition,” the actress added.

Osnes further claimed that she’d never been given the option to simply continue taking COVID tests.

“This negative test option was never extended to me. I would have tested in a heartbeat — something I have been doing for months, and will continue to do, in order to keep working safely,” she wrote.

She continued her post by acknowledging that vaccines have become a divisive issue but stressing that she — as well as every American — has the right to make the medical decisions that best fit for her and her family.

“Knowing the issue of vaccines divides people, let me share the details around my current vaccination status. First, it is a legal right of all Americans to have their medical privacy protected. Mine has now been broadcast with an attitude of shame and demonization. Secondly, I believe individuals have the right to do the research, consult a doctor, and come to their own conclusions before deciding whether or not to get any injection,” she wrote.

“My case is personal. I stand by the decision my husband and I, with input from our physician, have made for ourselves, our family planning, and our future. There is so much that is still unknown. Someday, perhaps we will feel more confident in the research to consider a different position. With the information that is currently available, however, I have a conviction that I (and others, both in and out of my industry) feel compelled to stand by,” she added.

Note that she’s chosen to stand by her decision despite facing “a firestorm of negative conclusions and comments,” as she described it.

Indeed, Twitter is brimming with left-wing busybodies lecturing her about her medical decisions and demeaning her and her doctor:

Notice how they automatically dismiss what her doctor said as if they know better. It fits a pattern of leftists only trusting in science and medicine when the science and medicine fit their preferred narratives. Otherwise, neither matter anymore.

Osnes concluded her statement by stressing that she’s been able to work thus far without any issues thanks to “testing, social distancing, improved ventilation, quarantines, and other protective measures.”

“I have been involved in several projects that have successfully navigated production during this time, carefully and completely Covid-free,” she wrote.

And so for her to be bullied into needlessly getting a vaccine isn’t right.

“Every soul is entitled to live according to their convictions and work without being publicly ostracized. My conviction does not discount my care and commitment to safety during this unprecedented time,” the statement ends.

Vivek Saxena

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