‘You ain’t Rosa Parks’: Actor Sam Frost deletes account after anti-vax video backlash
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Actor Sam Frost has been criticised for her choice of language during an Instagram video in which she declared she won’t be getting vaccinated for COVID-19.
The 32-year-old Sydneysider, who stars in Home and Away, released the video on Instagram on Saturday in which she used the word “segregation” to describe the treatment of unvaccinated people.
Frost said she sought advice from her doctor and psychologist about her decision and had “good reasons” for not getting vaccinated but was keeping them private.
She shut down her Instagram account soon after publishing the video due to the backlash from some of those who viewed it. She had around 577,000 followers.
“I was really hesitant about doing a video or even speaking up about this sort of thing,” Frost said in her video.
“But I feel like it’s getting to a point now in the world where there’s a lot of segregation, a lot of harsh judgment, and it’s taking its toll on my mental health.”
Social media star and TV host Abbie Chatfield was among those who attacked Frost for her stance and predicted it would hurt her career.
“So brave to ‘come out’ as putting yourself as an individual above your community because you listen to misinformation. Another reality star bites the dust,” Chatfield wrote on Instagram.
Many accounts reminded the actor that the segregation faced by African Americans was far worse and far different to how unvaccinated people were being treated.
Author and journalist Antoinette Lattouf tweeted that Frost was not US civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
“Hot tip: Sam Frost if you want fewer people to judge you and more people to empathise with you -maybe, just maybe don’t use the word ‘segregation’ 30 seconds into your video,” she tweeted.
“This isn’t 1950s Alabama. You ain’t Rosa Parks. OK. Thanks. That is all. Bye.”
Authors Jenna Guillaume and Danielle Binks both pointed out that having a medical reason for not getting vaccinated was not a choice and Frost had argued a person’s choice shouldn’t be judged.
“Oh my GOD. If you’re not vaccinated because of medical reasons, no one is judging you. If you’re not vaccinated for literally any other reason, you absolutely deserve to be judged,” Guillaume tweeted.
“Yeah, real line-ball with Sam Frost,” Binks tweeted.
“She references a doctor and a psychologist, but then repeats the “choice” line – medical exemptions are not a choice, it’s you being unable to fortify yourself against disease and relying on others doing what they can to prevent you catching.”
With AFL trade period finishing on Wednesday, some Hawthorn fans were alarmed to see the name “Sam Frost” featuring prominently on social media on Saturday night fearing the Hawks defender, who played 22 games this past season, had been traded.
But they quickly found out that wasn’t the case.
The Australian government has a detailed vaccine facts section at the health.gov.au website while Liam Mannix wrote an analysis on assessing risk and how he decided to get vaccinated.
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