Well, that didn't take long.
Tribeca updated the statement. What had been perceived as a triumph to parents like me, that the documentary VAXXED would be shown at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, turned into yet another disappointment. I wish I could say that I'm not surprised that the opportunity for a conversation about vaccines came to a predictable stop, but after reading the updated statement, I'm not surprised.
From the Tribeca FB page:
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.”
VAXXED will no longer be showing at the festival. The movie will be still be made available, so no worries on that. It's gotten some great press despite the awful press it also received. Any kind of press can be good. One of the pluses is that it probably piqued more of the public's interest. I know that when I see a story start to trend, I check it out. With all the press that VAXXED got, and so quickly I might add, surely people were curious about all the fuss and started to look things up on their own. We should encourage that because moves like the one Tribeca just pulled are just a reminder that someone has a firm grip on the media which now includes the folks at the Tribeca Film Festival.
So, if you're still curious about all that fuss like who Andy Wakefield is and what's all this talk about a CDC whistleblower and could there really have been a cover up about the MMR vaccine, follow the VAXXED Facebook page for updates. Listen to this recording, too. When the movie is released, plan on watching it. If what you discover in the movie does more than pique your interest, buy it. Share it. Talk about it. The media may try to silence you as they did Robert De Niro, but keep talking. Just as it has been for years, it's up to us to keep the vaccine conversation going.
Written by my vaccine-injured son.
One of the first words he ever wrote.