Robert De Niro pulls controversial anti-vaccination documentary ‘Vaxxed’ from Tribeca Film Festival0
In a sudden about-face, Robert De Niro is yanking a controversial anti-vaccination documentary from the Tribeca Film Festival.
De Niro announced he was pulling the film, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” a day after he defended it in a lengthy statement that triggered a fierce backlash.
“My intent in screening this film was to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply personal to me and my family,” De Niro said Saturday.
“But after reviewing it over the past few days with the Tribeca Film Festival team and others from the scientific community, we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.
“The Festival doesn’t seek to avoid or shy away from controversy,” he added.
“However, we have concerns with certain things in this film that we feel prevent us from presenting it in the Festival program. We have decided to remove it from our schedule.”
The documentary is directed by Andrew Wakefield, a doctor and anti-vaccination activist who was barred from practicing medicine in 2010 after his 1998 study linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism was discredited.
The film’s trailer promises that it will expose how experts at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had “committed fraud” and “that they knew that vaccines were actually causing autism.”