Conservative personality Candace Owens put a spotlight on homogeneic vaccine mandates over the weekend, telling HBO host Bill Maher that “kids have never been sicker” as a result of requirements that they receive a plethora of vaccinations before they are allowed into schools, daycares, and other public settings.
Despite their political differences, Maher and Owens found common ground on the need for individuals to decide for themselves which vaccines to take and the level of “risk” they are willing to accept that adverse events will occur. Maher first raised the specter of children receiving vaccinations against Covid-19 against their will.
“And in children, who never needed it for this? The least likely [to become sick],” Maher started before Owens jumped in.
“They’re so sick. The kids have never been sicker. And that’s, I start my series by asking, these kids have never been more vaxxed, we’re the most vaxxed country in the entire world. You know, we have these high infant mortality rates when weighed against third-world countries, and you’re being told this is because we’re super healthy,” Owens said, claiming kids are being ordered to take up to 75 vaccines nowadays.
“When I was a kid, it was 12,” she added.
The release of Owens’s new documentary, “A Shot in the Dark,” traverses her skepticism as a new mother about a regimen of vaccines that her child’s doctors were recommending. The advice is intertwined with pressure campaigns on social media and public relations efforts by the food and pharmaceutical industries, she asserts, adding to her unsettled feeling that mainstream medical advice is too reliant on narratives versus facts.
“It’s these constant fear campaigns, and then on top of that in cities like L.A. you can’t opt out, you know. So these are things that parents have to think about, where are you literally raising your kids?” she asked rhetorically.
“A Shot in the Dark” is the latest effort by Owens, who rose to fame as a conservative influencer during the Trump administration. She has released documentaries questioning the sincerity of the Black Lives Matter movement, public accommodations for transgender children, and other causes that have garnered her celebrity in conservative circles.