Andrew Wakefield's film

Alan Yuhas “Robert De Niro pulls anti-vaccination film from Tribeca film festival”

ロバート・デ・ニーロ*1は、自らが主宰する「トライベッカ映画祭」*2での子どもへのワクチン接種と「自閉症*3 との関係を描いたアンドリュー・ウェイクフィールド*4の「反ワクチン」映画Vaxxed の上映を中止することを決定した。3月25日の段階では、デ・ニーロは自分は「反ワクチン」ではないが「自閉症の子どもの父親」であるとして、Vaxxed 上映の価値を弁護していたが*5 、「科学界」との協議の結果、翌26日には中止を決定した。

On Saturday De Niro released a statement to explain the new decision. “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,” he said.

“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.”

The controversial film was directed by Andrew Wakefield, a disgraced British former doctor who published a study in 1998 that claimed links between a vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and autism*6 . The paper was quickly found to contain numerous flaws and was deemed by the British Medical Journal “an elaborate fraud”*7.

The Lancet, which originally published the study, retracted it in 2010, the same year that Wakefield lost was stripped of his licence to practise medicine in the UK*8.


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*5:See Vanessa Thorpe “Robert De Niro steps into autism vaccination row by screening film” Rachel Mcgrath “'I have a child with autism': Robert De Niro defends decision to screen controversial anti-vaccination documentary at his Tribeca Film Festival”

*6:SeeSarah Boseley “Andrew Wakefield struck off register by General Medical Council”

*7:See Brian Deer “The medical establishment shielded Andrew Wakefield from fraud claims”

*8:See Sarah Boseley “Andrew Wakefield case highlights the importance of ethics in science”

*9:See Sarah Boseley “MMR links to autism dismissed by huge study” Michael Safi “Autism link to vaccines dismissed by studies of more than a million children”

*10:See Melissa Davey “Researchers study motivations of parents who refuse to vaccinate children”