Robert De Niro and his 18 year old autistic son, Elliot
by Dee McLachlan
Vigorous debate is over on certain topics. And vaccination is one of them.
It would not surprise me that one day you will be jailed for 10 years for opposing vaccinations. Laws presently allow journalists to be jailed for 10 years for exposing a secret operation — even if that operation may not be in the National Interest. So why not just lock up those pesky parents.
Tribecca Film Festival (New York)
In March this year I wrote about the controversy over the film by Andrew Wakefield: “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe.” It was to be shown at Robert De Niro’s prestigious Tribecca Film Festival in New York. The star of Raging Bull got punched out of the ring by the pro-vax contingent – the film was pulled from the festival’s schedule.
Castlemaine’s Film Festival (Victoria)
Then we read six days ago (20 September): “Banned in NY, controversial anti-vaccine film gets premiere in Castlemaine” (report by Rania Spooner, health reporter from The Age). Rainer wrote:
“Since announcing an upcoming screening of “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe“, the organisers of the Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival say they have been hacked and subjected to relentless harassment.
“But unlike Robert De Niro, who cut the film from the Tribeca Film Festival in New York under pressure from scientists and other filmmakers, the Castlemaine festival is standing by Vaxxed…”
It was reported in The Age that David Thrussel said:
“We won’t be intimidated. We have shown controversial films before…”
Well it only took days. Another film festival has been “needled”.
22 September 2016:
Media Release by CLIFF
“Since announcing the premiere… a campaign of highly co-ordinated abuse and intimidation… members of the CLIFF (The Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival) team feel personally and professionally threatened. [Wow]
“This is unacceptable… a sad reflection on the state of Australian democracy…”
So the organisers have regretfully pulled the film — for “personal and public safety” reasons.
Wow. One has to wonder what the intimidation consisted of, and whether this was reported to the police and other relevant authorities.
I notice that it did not take long for “Reasonable Hank” to label David Thrussell (CLIFF’s artistic director) as an anti-Semitic, anti-vaccine, Sandy Hook massacre denialist. H also called Andrew Wakefield as a demonstrable fraud and liar. You have to love this grandiose vitriol.
So who is this Hank character? This “person” or entity who claims to have a brain too, plus being addicted to caffeine, has a website seemingly dedicated to provax issues. I wonder who is paying him/her/them?
Robert De Niro Regretful
But back to De Niro. He originally wanted to screen VAXXED at his festival as he has a son that has autism. His son, Elliott, changed overnight following the MMR jab.
And now Dad regrets pulling the film that links the MMR vaccine to autism, and insists that “the movie is something that people should see.”
“Let’s find out the truth” says the age-72 actor.
I have contacted the CLIFF organisers and I hope they will report on what type of intimidation that had to endure. But as part of our investigation into the intimidation, we have an announcement.
Due to controversy created over Vaxxed, Gumshoe is announcing its own film festival. We will be screening Wakefield’s Vaxxed.
A phone number for the “festival” will be announced shortly for all those intending to harass and intimidate. Please note all phone calls will be recorded for “training and quality-assurance purposes.”
One has to be truly suspicious when people and organisations act with such intensity. What is the agenda?