Gisele Bündchen is adamantly defending fellow supermodel Doutzen Kroes after her post on Instagram proclaiming she will “not be forced” into taking a COVID vaccination received harsh criticism from some of her fans.
“Other people have given me hope and strength with their courage to stand up for our rights. They touched my heart and inspired me to do the same. So although my hands are shaking while writing this, I feel it is time to choose courage over comfort and speak my truth,” Kroes declared.
“I will not be forced to take the shot. I will not be forced to prove my health to participate in society. I will not accept exclusion of people based on their medical status,” the Dutch model wrote at length on Instagram to her 6.8 million fans. It was her first post in six months.
“Freedom of speech is a right worth fighting for but we can only solve this united in peace and love!” she continued. “Pass on the torch of hope and love and speak your truth. ❤️.”
Doutzen Kroes a Dutch model, actress, and philanthropist speaks out against the 💉👇🔥👁️ pic.twitter.com/wSivGGuSA4
— Red**PureSang**Surfer (@TerraSolis17) September 18, 2021
As criticism rolled in, Bündchen stood up for Kroes, commenting on her post, “I know Doutzen, and she is a kind and loving person. I can’t believe the hate being directed at her because she expressed her feelings.”
“It saddens me to see all the judgment and the lack of empathy in so many peoples hearts. Hate is not [the] answer,” Bündchen, one of the world’s highest-paid models, remarked. “The only way we can create a better world is through compassion and acceptance. I invite you to silence your mind and go deep within to find love in your heart so we can all unite in peace and create harmony in our lives and in our world. We need it more than ever.”
It’s unknown whether Bündchen is vaccinated but her husband, NFL quarterback Tom Brady, was vaccinated along with his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates.
Brady revealed earlier this year that he contracted COVID while celebrating his team’s Super Bowl win, despite being fully vaccinated.
Commenters on Kroes’ Instagram page slammed her for taking a personal stand on COVID vaccinations.
“So irresponsable [sic] 😔,” one person harshly wrote. “and even more irresponsible to post this online with so many followers.”
Another arrogantly warned, “If too many people will refuse to get vaccinated, new variants of the virus will be spread and that means that even the people who chose to get vaccinated will be at risk, which is not fair at all.”
Others hit out at Bündchen for supporting Kroes.
“Peak rich people not caring about COVID or public health,” one commenter carped according to Meaww. Another asked, “woman for god’s sake, will you defend anti-vaccine?”
A commenter chastised her, saying, “shame! The world struggling to develop and produce vaccines and this is shameful little talk!” Yet another replied, “NO Gisele for God’s sake, NO!!!”
The hate rolled in:
so glad to hear doutzen kroes admit shes an asshole. more people need to cop to it honestly. no shame in expressing that u dont understand what its like to owe a duty to the planet bc ur so rich that u dont have normal human interactions anymore
— Gigi Makazian (@gigimakazian) September 18, 2021
Not Doutzen Kroes thinking she’s being oppressed because she won’t get vaccinated 🥴
— Laurence Keating (@LaurenceKeating) September 20, 2021
Doutzen Kroes, yet another white person that thinks they're being oppressed by something that not only isn't oppression, or being forced on them, but something that is being asked of them to help other people.
Please, let more people come out and speak out so we know who's who.
— Matt Blake (@mattblake94) September 20, 2021
It’s not exactly like Doutzen Kroes was still parading down the runway regularly anyways
She’s a piece of trash
— Nat (@SaintLaruntz) September 17, 2021
Despite heavy blowback, Kroes received tremendous support on social media:
— Jan Dalmulder #Bitcoin & #NftLiberty (@JDalmulder) September 20, 2021
— Erica Jimenez (@ericakjimenez) September 17, 2021
— 𝒮𝓅♡𝑒𝒹𝓃𝒾𝒸𝓀𝒿𝑒🦋Alles is liefde♡ (@SpoedNickje1) September 17, 2021
The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.
— C̴̨̛̀͜͞H̋̑̒͞E̲͖͍̋s͓͕̞̯̥͎s1̥̖͔9̾ (@CRSPR_CAS9_) September 17, 2021
Supermodel Doutzen Kroes speaks out about forced vaccines. She also participated in the Freedom Rally in Amsterdam today. pic.twitter.com/9azNgjSocx
— suzy (@Suzy1776_) September 18, 2021
— Murray 🇺🇸 (@Rothbard1776) September 18, 2021
— Knee Anne Durr Thall (@MMforTruth) September 18, 2021
Beauty and brains: model Doutzen Kroes speaks out against corona passports, discrimination on medical grounds and forced vaccination! https://t.co/V2zoSEgPCB
— Miss S (@ItsMssS) September 18, 2021
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