Tribeca Film Festival co-founder and Oscar-winning actor, Robert De Niro went on the Today Show Wednesday and defended his stance on the screening of the controversial documentary “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe.”
On the show, De Niro noted how there was “no reason” to pull the film and explained how important it is for people to see it.
“I think the movie is something that people should see. There was a backlash which I haven’t fully explored, and I will, but I didn’t want it to start affecting the festival in ways I couldn’t see.
“And these movies… There’s a lot of information about things that are happening with the CDC, the pharmaceutical companies… there’s a lot of things that are not said.
When Willie Geist attempted to point out that there is overwhelming amount of scientific research that has found no link between vaccines and autism, De Niro responded by saying,
“I believe it’s much more complicated than that,” the actor said boldly. “There is a link and they are saying there isn’t and there are…. other things there. I don’t know, I’m not a scientist but I know because I’ve seen so much reaction of just ‘let’s find out the truth.’”
De Niro went on to explain how there are countless families who’ve watched their children change “overnight” after taking vaccines, admitting that his wife was one of those people.
“There are many people who will come out and say, ‘No, I saw my kid change overnight’… My wife says that. I don’t remember, but my child is autistic, and every kid is different.”
Throughout the show, De Niro repeated that he is not anti-vaccine.
“I, as a parent of a child who has autism, am concerned. And I want to know the truth.
“And I’m not anti-vaccine; I want safe vaccines.
It is no question that the subject of vaccines is profoundly controversial. On both sides of the argument exist truths and lies that can hinder the ability of some to make rational decisions. When someone makes a stand for vaccine safety they are often tarred and feathered by the mainstream.
Robert De Niro speaking out about vaccine safety took serious courage as the media has already begun to ridicule him for it.
While we have everyone from attorneys to biologists, to political scientists who write for the Free Thought Project, none of us are doctors, so we do not make recommendations about what you and your family should do in regards to vaccination. That being said, when we see critical information about vaccines being kept from the public, we will expose it every single time.