Not much to say here – the Tribeca Film Festival and Robert De Niro have chosen to pull the Andrew Wakefield fraudulent documentary, Vaxxed. Here is their statement:
[infobox]UPDATE: 3/26/2016 Statement from Robert De Niro, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, regarding VAXXED at the Festival: “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.”[/infobox]
But to be positive, thank you Mr. De Niro and Tribeca Film Festival for listening to the rational voices, and rejecting those who seek to harm children.
There are literally dozens of articles out there from blogs, journalists (and journalist who have blogs), Facebook memes, and just about every where else, that were opposed to this film. Geez, the Skeptical Raptor and Dorit Rubinstein Reiss have written three articles about the the Wakefield fraudulent documentary in the past few days (see here, here, and here). Short of places like the Age of Lying About Autism, there is simply no one with a rational mind who cares about the lives of children who think Tribeca and De Niro were right in showing this fraudulent documentary by a conman. No one.
Well, I can’t complain. Like a couple of years ago, when the restaurant chain Chilis took heat for making a large contribution to an anti-vaccine charity, the vox populi of rational science supporters who know there is no controversy, and there is no debate about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines won the day.
But I know it’s not over, I’ve been battling anti-science cretins for more years than most reading this blog have been on this earth. Cue the whining, conspiracy theories, and hate from the vaccine deniers.