Erin Molan has slammed a footy WAG for making a bizarre comparison between anti-vaxxers and Holocaust victims in the wake of her husband’s suspension from the NRL for refusing to take a flu shot.
Shanelle Cartwright, the wife of Gold Coast Titans forward Bryce Cartwright, shared an image of teenage Holocaust victim Anne Frank to her Instagram story on Friday.
The post came just hours after the NRL star was stood down by the league after defiantly ignoring its ‘no jab, no play policy.’
‘The people who hid Anne Frank were breaking the law,’ Mrs Cartwright’s post read.
‘The people who killed her were following it.’
Molan on Sunday said while she believes ‘freedom of choice is important’, Mrs Cartwright was spreading ‘dangerous information’ with her bizarre views about vaccination.
‘The issue I have, particularly the couple of players in Queensland and their wives, is freedom of choice is one thing but to start to spout information that is incredibly dangerous to start to liken anti-vaccination in this country to the plight of the Jews during the Holocaust,’ Molan said on the Sunday Footy Show.
‘I just think that’s one of the main issues, it’s dangerous.’
Shanelle Cartwright, the wife of Gold Coast Titans forward Bryce Cartwright (pictured together), posted the image of the teenage Holocaust victim to her Instagram story on Friday
‘The people who hid Anne Frank were breaking the law, the people who killed her were following it,’ the picture read
Mrs Cartwright appeared to compare her and her husband’s plight with that of Frank, who was captured by the Nazis during World War II and died in a concentration camp at age 15.
The Jewish teenager wrote about hiding in an annex in Amsterdam for two years while Germany occupied the Netherlands.
Mrs Cartwright’s views were shared by another rugby league anti-vaxxer WAG, Taylor Winterstein, who last year compared Samoa to ‘Nazi Germany’ after the Pacific Island nation launched a mass-immunisation campaign following a measles outbreak killed 83 people.
The NRL’s restart on May 28 has hit a hiccup with around 20 players refusing to be vaccinated for various reasons, including past adverse reactions to the flu shot and religious beliefs.
On Friday, Gold Coast Titans confirmed three of its players were stood down for refusing the vaccination after an intervention by the Queensland government.
Fellow Titan Nathan Peats and Manly’s Marty Taupau both hesitated to get the shot due to past adverse reactions, but eventually had the injection.
Mrs Cartwright claimed the couple were ‘not anti anything’ but instead stand for medical freedom.
‘People have the freedom to say what they like, just like we have the freedom to choose which medical procedures we undergo,’ she wrote in a post days earlier.
‘We’re not anti anything. We stand for medical freedom and the right to choose.’
Defiantly challenging the overwhelming weight of medical science, Ms Cartwright refuses to give her children Koa, two, and Naia, one, Panadol, or get them vaccinated.
Erin Molan (pictured) has slammed an NRL WAG for sharing a picture comparing herself and other anti-vaxxers to Anne Frank
Ms Cartwright appeared to compare her and her husband’s plight with that of Frank, who was captured by the Nazis during World War II and died in a concentration camp at age 15
Her decision is not only risky to her children, but to the entire community, with vaccinations vital to reducing the spread of preventable diseases.
Anti-vaxxers spread false and dangerous theories, such as vaccines cause autism, based on a completely discredited 1998 medical report that saw the author struck from the medical register.
Before vaccination campaigns in the 1960s and 1970s, diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough killed thousands of children, whereas today in Australia, dying from one of these is extremely rare.
Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission, Australia’s leading civil rights department also slammed Ms Cartwright for the post.
‘Shanelle Cartwright— you are not Anne Frank,’ he said.
‘We have hit another low in the abuse and exploitation of the Holocaust. This equation with Anne Frank is way out of line and does a disservice to the historical record.’
Gold Coast Titans Star Bryce Cartwright is pictured with his eldest child and wife Shanelle at his 2018 wedding
‘Shanelle Cartwright is of course entitled to promote her cause, but she should do so without trivializing the memory of the six million Jews and millions of others that were murdered at the hands of the Nazis.’
Dr Abramovich said Ms Cartwright’s actions ‘poison the issue’ and has no respect.
‘Did Ms Cartwright stop for a second to think that it is deeply hurtful to compare the plight of Anne Frank and the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust to her situation, and to label those who hold different views as Nazis?’ he said.
‘There is no equivalence between this debate and history’s darkest chapter.’
‘Anne Frank, the survivors living here, and the more than 30,000 diggers who died fighting Hitler, deserve greater respect that this insensitive and thoughtless post. We call on Ms Cartwright to apologise and to refrain from using the Holocaust so as to advance her agenda.’
Health authorities have warned that not immunising children threatens the public’s ‘herd immunity’ against disease.
‘Immunisation is a safe and effective way to protect you and your children from harmful, contagious diseases. It also safeguards the health of other people, now and for future generations,’ the Australian government’s health department says.
‘Before vaccination campaigns in the 1960s and 1970s, diseases like tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough killed thousands of children. Today, it is extremely rare to die from these diseases in Australia.’
Walker said he believed in the ‘freedom of choice’ in an Instagram post on Saturday
NRL management have demanded the players must either get the flu vaccine or sign a waiver if they wish to play the game this year.
It’s understood Dylan Walker, Addin Fonua-Blake, Josh Papalii, Joseph Tapine, Iosia Soliola and Canterbury’s Sione Katoa all signed a waiver to remain compliant under the NRL’s guidelines and continue training.
It has sparked confusion over how different states and territories will enforce the NRL’s return to training protocols, and casts doubt over whether unimmunised players will be allowed to play in Queensland.
Pictured: Dylan Walker and partner
Walker said he believed in the ‘freedom of choice’ in an Instagram post on Saturday.
‘We are all entitled and have a RIGHT to choose to deal with our health in ways that feel right to us uniquely,’ he wrote.
‘We are not all the same, and not all the same things work for everyone.’
The Manly Sea Eagles back said he is ‘not anti anything’ and is not giving out medical advice.
‘I am standing for freedom to choose and to make decisions for our own bodies,’ he said.
‘The freedoms we give away now, will become the standards our future generations will have to abide by.’
Although the Sharks’ squad has been vaccinated, Cronulla captain Wade Graham called out anti-vaxxers who refuse to get a flu shot.
Speaking on Triple M on Saturday, Graham said getting the flu shot is a ‘no brainer’, and refusing to do so based on just personal preference goes against a team-first mentality.
‘If it was a pure personal preference, I’d say it’s a team sport boys,’ he said.
NRL management has now demanded they must either get the flu vaccine or sign a waiver if they wish to play the game this year (pictured Sione Katoa and partner)
Canberra Raiders NRL player Joe Tapine (pictured with wife Kirsten) is among those who are refusing to get flu shots
‘It’s not an individual sport and you need to do things sometimes that are not in your comfort zone, or that are not in your best interests, for the greater good of the team.
‘That’s what great teams are built on.
‘I think in this situation, you have to not think about your own personal situation and think about the rest of the playing group.’
Frustrated footy fans have slammed NRL players who are refusing to get the mandatory flu shot.
‘The NRL are still to figure out that this self-entitled, better than everyone else attitude needs to stop.’ one outraged fan posted to social media on Friday.
‘Seriously, cancel their contracts. They are a menace to society and should be held vicariously liable to any anti-vaxxer related illnesses,’ another person said.
‘Have anti-vaxxers learnt nothing from the current situation? You may not care what happens to you but you have a responsibility to the public, especially if you are a first grade sportsman,’ a third added.
Another fan pointed out those refusing to get the flu jabs could cause further delays and possibly derail the season.
‘In reality even if they get the flu and not coronavirus, they will have to self isolate until they are in the clear. So will all the team, so really they should get it otherwise the NRL could stop again. Plenty of jobs require vaccination.
The mandatory flu shots are part of new protocols being implemented by the NRL as they ramp up to begin the season on May 28 after it was cancelled in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
Those refusing to get the vaccine must speak to their team’s doctor and sign a waiver saying they have been advised of the risk factors for not being immunised.
Rugby league chief Peter V’landys has said 97 per cent of NRL players had been vaccinated and their medical advice was that the remaining three per cent did not pose a risk to the rest of the competition.
WHY VACCINES ARE IMPORTANT
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases before they come into contact with them.
Immunisation not only protects individuals, but also others in the community, by reducing the spread of preventable diseases.
Research and testing is an essential part of developing safe and effective vaccines.
In Australia, vaccines must pass strict safety testing before the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will register them for use. Approval of vaccines can take up to 10 years.
Before vaccines become available to the public, large clinical trials test them on thousands of people.
High-quality studies over many years have compared the health of large numbers of vaccinated and unvaccinated children. Medical information from nearly 1.5 million children around the world have confirmed that vaccination does not cause autism.
People first became concerned about autism and immunisation after the medical journal The Lancet published a paper in 1998. This paper claimed there was a link between the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. Since then, scientists have completely discredited this paper. The Lancet withdrew it in 2010 and printed an apology. The UK’s General Medical Council struck the author off the medical register for misconduct and dishonesty.
Source: Australian Department of Health