Robert De Niro Yanks The Controversial Doc ‘Vaxxed’ From The Tribeca Film Festival Schedule

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03.27.16 2 Comments
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After initially defending the inclusion of the controversial doc Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro is now saying the movie is no longer welcome to screen at his film showcase.

De Niro, who received a lot of criticism for giving a platform to the movie from notorious anti-vaccine icon Andrew Wakefield, issued a statement yesterday explaining the reason Vaxxed had been pulled. The 72-year-old actor previously noted that as a parent of a child with autism he felt the film offered “the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.” That stance has changed with De Niro removing the documentary from the schedule after consulting with the festival and the scientific community.

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