No one has any doubt that COVID-19 changed the world forever. Life is not the same since the virus became part of our day to day. What is certain is that for many it was a post-apocalyptic scenario. Many people did not imagine that an illness would force us to change our way of life; to wear face masks on a daily basis and to be locked up for such a long time and that would end the lives of millions of people throughout the world. Such a scenario is something that people thought was only going to happen in the realm of science fiction.
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Something that has always existed are anti-vaccines; that is, people who refuse to be vaccinated for x number of reasons, but the main one is usually some conspiracy theory. With the arrival of coronavirus vaccines, many people have become anti-vaccines due to misinformation about their effectiveness and function. Vaccines do not serve to make you immune to the virus, their function is that the symptoms do not give you as much intensity in case of infection. In other words, if you get vaccinated, you are less likely to survive the disease.
That leads us to talk about TikTok. The reality is that a certain number of questionable trends have emerged in that social network, but now the anti-vaccines have created one of the most strange, ironic and silly. As reported by Daily Dot (via We Got This Covered) it has become a trend in that social network among several anti-vaccines to say that they prefer to be called “Pure-Blood” in honor of Harry Potter. The first person to do this on the social network was the user @ kats.outta.the.bag in a video that has already been deleted from the social network. Daily Dot left us a description of it:
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The now deleted video shows the TikToker with static and a black and white filter and in a text on the screen that says: ‘We are no longer going to be known as Anti-Vaccines … Now we just call each other …’ She then covers the camera with her arm as the song ends and removes it to reveal a hazy, colorful filter and the phrase “Sangre Pura” glowing red. “
Anyone who has read that series of novels by JK Rowling will know that this is the term that characters like Voldemort and his Death Eaters, among other conservative people, use to refer to themselves as opposed to wizards whose parents are ordinary humans ( Mudblood) or that they have a non-magical person among their ancestors (half-blood or half-blood).
It is not very difficult to grasp the fact that those who use that jargon are the villains of history and, above all, that this way of speaking has similarities with the social philosophy known as eugenics. It speaks to the idea that better humans can be created as long as blood purity is maintained. Needless to say, these ideas were incorporated into the rhetoric of the Nazis and other equally troublesome groups. We want to think that the anti-vaccines who are calling themselves this are not grasping the implications of using a term like that. That does not mean that using it as a way of feeling superior to those of us who do get vaccinated is tremendously problematic in itself.
On the other hand, in an interview for InStyle, Jennifer Aniston revealed that she no longer speaks to the anti-vaccines she knows:
There is still a large group of people who are anti-vaccinated or just don’t listen to the facts. It is truly a shame. I’ve lost a few people in my weekly routine who have refused or failed to disclose [si fueron vacunados], and it was very unfortunate. I believe that it is your moral and professional obligation to inform.
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