Expectant Love and Hip Hop star Erica Mena is standing by her decision not to vaccinate her baby once it’s born, despite the backlash she’s received on social media.
On Sunday, Mena, who’s expecting a girl with musician husband Safaree Samuels, shared a post asking friends and family members to “make sure they do not have booster shots before they visit” their little one.
Her posts to Instagram Stories followed another post, captured by The Blast on Nov. 7, that showed a text message exchange between her and her preteen son, King Conde. She captioned it, “My son King is not letting up on his reasons why we should vaccinate the baby.”
In the texts, Mena at first told her son that he was being “disrespectful,” but then he insisted that he only had his future little sister’s health in mind.
“Oh, I’m sorry for wanting my baby sister to live as healthy as possible,” he reportedly wrote. “While you’re convinced ignoring what right for her is fine? Im sorry for possibly being disrespectful but im only being that way because I’m passionate about this. I love you.”
To which Mena replied, “Look at you being a great big brother. I can’t for her to get here so you can defend her with all your might.”
As of Monday night, Samuels was not sharing his stance on vaccines on social media.
The internet was outraged that Mena has chosen to disregard the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that children be vaccinated. “Over the years vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives,” the federal organization charged with keeping Americans safe advice.
TONTREND reported, one follower commented on Mena’s page, “It’s sad that the 11-year-old has to fight to do the right thing for his baby sister.” Another wrote, “How sad is it that your 11 years old has more sense then you do?”
Mena herself responded to some of her critics on Twitter.