The hollywood scriptwriter behind pirates of the Caribbean Y Shrek is at the center of a firestorm on social networks after using a racial overtone to defend parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.
In response to a fellow screenwriter who asked for an increase in participation in the vaccination, producer and screenwriter Terry Rossio wrote: "My heart is with all the parents of children with vaccines, who not only have to endure the sadness of their loss, but also the vitriol of ill-informed and insensitive people (like the ones here.) Anti-Vax is equivalent to calling someone a ***** and it makes little sense. "
Rossio explained the epithet.
When the writer who initiated the conversation asked Rossio to "please, never give me the word again," Rossio doubled up, arguing that the stigma facing African Americans is similar to that facing those who refuse to do so. Vaccinate your children from scientifically discredited fears of autism.
The many criticisms of Rossio (the tweet had more than a thousand answers) included the also screenwriter Jeffrey Grubb, who responded with acidity: "God, this is such a good point." I remember how founders and American citizens enslaved vaccine skeptics for decades. And then, even after releasing them, the government enshrined laws to marginalize those who reject vaccines and deny them wealth and opportunities. That's just history. "
Another Twitter user responded to Rossio with the announcement that his comment inspired him to donate $ 25 to a non-profit organization that vaccinates children around the world.
Rossio, whose credits include Aladdin Y The Lone Ranger, as well as the next adaptation of features of Johnny Quest, did not respond to a request for comment. Two years ago, he reportedly acquired the rights to a book by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose work linking vaccines to autism has been repudiated in the scientific community.
"Dr. Wakefield is clearly a polarizing figure, vilified by the general public, but also revered by many." The details and drama surrounding his life are even more remarkable than is generally known, Rossio said at the time. .