LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood screenwriter Terry Rossio faced an online reaction on Friday after he used a racial overtone in a raid of tweets against vaccines, media reports said.
Rossio, 58, provoked anger after he claimed that calling someone who was against vaccines "Anti-Vax" was the "equivalent of calling someone" the N-word. He also described the highly offensive insult in his tweet.
"It does not make much sense," Rossio added, whose writing credits include blockbusters "Shrek," "Aladdin" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.
For registration, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "anti-vaxxer" as "a person who opposes vaccination or laws that require vaccination."
Rossio's comment was in response to a publication by Julie Benson, writer of "The 100," in which people were asked to donate money to UNICEF's polio vaccination program on behalf of their anti-vax relatives:
Rossio's response provoked the immediate wrath of his Twitter colleagues, who called him because of racism and promoted the widely disproved conspiracy theory that childhood vaccines can cause autism.
It should be noted that, in 2016, it was reported that Rossio had secured the film rights of a book by British doctor Andrew Wakefield, whose study of the 90s, which he said proved to be a link between childhood vaccines and autism, contained data falsified. retracted
Even Dictionary.com joined:
Benson, meanwhile, returned the blow to Rossio and in his round-trip result asked him to "never return to my diet with the word n again".
Rossio has not offered further comments on the tweet or the exchange.