Tribeca Film Fest, Robert De Niro Pull Andrew Wakefield’s Controversial Anti-Vax Film After All
After mounting controversy surrounding the screening of a film by wacko anti-vaxxer and former doctor Andrew Wakefield, the Tribeca Film Festival has responded by deciding not to show the film after all.
Robert De Niro is the Tribeca Fest’s co-founder, and he released the statement on Saturday, announcing its cancellation. This is after De Niro defended screening Vaxxed, saying it would promote “conversation,” but after mounting pressures it is clear he changed his mind:
“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. 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. 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.”
No comment yet from Wakefield on the fest/De Niro’s decision to pull his film.
Good riddance, we say!