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Hmm, I'm not really clued up on the whole vaccine issues but I know a few folk that are - we kind of strive for one thing - the truth.
Hollywood legend Robert De Niro raised eyebrows when he announced that the screening of Vaxxed (a documovie about the MMR vaccine) should be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival because it would generate much needed discussion. 24 hours later, De Niro back-tracked and, bizarrely, announced that " "We do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for." This coming after he had spoken with the "scientific community", whoever they are?
Vaxxed is a movie by Andrew Wakefield and, according to its website, features evidence that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been covering up information regarding an association with the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and its link to autism.
The blurb on the official Vaxxed website (which includes a trailer) states...
In 2013, biologist Dr. Brian Hooker received a call from a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who led the agency’s 2004 study on the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and its link to autism. The scientist, Dr. William Thompson, confessed that the CDC had omitted crucial data in their final report that revealed a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism.
Over several months, Dr. Hooker records the phone calls made to him by Dr. Thompson who provides the confidential data destroyed by his colleagues at the CDC. Dr. Hooker enlists the help of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the British gastroenterologist falsely accused of starting the anti-vax movement when he first reported in 1998 that the MMR vaccine may cause autism. In his ongoing effort to advocate for children’s health, Wakefield directs this documentary examining the evidence behind an appalling cover-up committed by the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens. Interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, and parents of vaccine-injured children reveal an alarming deception that has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism and potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime.
Hmm, it does seem rather strange that De Niro, who has a son with autism, would drastically change his mind - to be honest this is possibly the best thing that could happen to all those involved with the movie.
Back in the eighties if a record in the UK was banned from the airways then chances are it would go straight to number one.
So, why are the "scientific community" up in arms about this movie?
Well, according to the mainstream media Wakefield is a charlatan and the whistleblower evidence featured in the movie, has been twisted and manipulated purely for sensationalism.
The movie has certainly generated discussion, even though it will not now be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival.
De Niro, after speaking with the "scientific community", announced...
"We do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for."
He's wrong. Pulling the movie has generated much more discussion than he or anyone could have ever wished for and now many people will be itching to see it.
Here's a trailer.
PS - Are you looking at me?