De Niro initially attempted to defend his showing of the film at Tribeca, issuing a statement yesterday that read:
Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined. In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming. However this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening VAXXED. I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.
Yet De Niro discovered that even declaring yourself to be pro-vaccine isn’t enough to appease the vaccine totalitarians. The mere granting of any public platform to this explosive document is very nearly a crime in the eyes of the corrupt, fraudulent vaccine industry and all its arrogant zealots.
As more pressure was brought against De Niro for defending the free speech of what might be one of the single most important documentaries of our modern age, he caved. He pulled the film from Tribeca, participating in the censorship that was demanded by the vaccine totalitarians. The film’s page on Tribeca was also memory holed — it used to be found at this link — and De Niro felt compelled to issue a follow-up statement today that appeases the demands of the vaccine fundamentalists:
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.
In other words, the vaccine intimidation campaign got to De Niro and no doubt threatened him in the same way they threaten everybody else who dares go public with the truth about vaccines.
Sadly, even Robert De Niro decided he could not expend the political capital necessary to fight the intense onslaught of the vaccine totalitarians who continue to murder and maim countless children across our planet every single year. We obviously hope De Niro will realize how he is being used as a tool of censorship and oppression and come to the realization that he needs to resist the censorship and show the film for the world to see. I believe that Robert De Niro is a compassionate person, and he supports discussions about vaccine safety, yet he is also discovering just how intensely threatening and cruel the vaccine mafia can be when they want to silence someone.
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