Twitter users went on the offensive during Thanksgiving when Terry Rossio, a screenwriter behind movies like pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek, and animated disney Aladdin, he used the word N in a tweet that compared the racial insult with the term "anti-vax".
Rossio was answering The 100 the writer Julie Benson, who encouraged her followers to donate money to organizations like UNICEF to provide polio vaccines to the needy. "I'm not saying you should buy it and then send a card to an anti-vax relative who says you've provided life-saving vaccines on your behalf, but that's exactly what I'm saying," reads another user's comments. social networks that Benson shared.
Rossio explained the word N complete in your answer. "My heart is with all the parents of children harmed by the vaccine, who must not only endure the sadness of their loss, but also the vitriol of ill-informed and insensitive people (like those here)," he wrote. "Anti-Vax is equivalent to calling someone a [N-word] And it makes so little sense. "
The screenwriter seemed to defend his tweet while a lot of Twitter users bombarded him. One of the most widespread responses came from writer Jeff Grubb, who wrote: "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. "
(At the time this article was published, Rossio's tweet was still live in his feed).
According to the Center for Disease Control, there is no link between autism and vaccines and "to date, studies continue to show that vaccines are not associated with ASD." A measles outbreak in 2017 and a varicella outbreak in 2018 helped refocus attention on the anti-vaccination movement.
In 2016, Rossio acquired the cinematographic rights of Insensitive disdain: autism and vaccines – The truth behind a tragedy, a book of Vaxxed director Andrew Wakefield on his 1998 article that affirmed a link between autism and vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella. The study was dropped after Wakefield was charged with professional misconduct and falsification of information. His medical license was later revoked.
The Walt Disney Company fired director James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 3 The tweets of more than a decade and Marvel apparently separated from the comic writer Chuck Wendig on his comments on social networks, but it is unclear whether they will take action against Rossio for using the word N in his tweet.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Disney is exploring a reboot of pirates of the Caribbean with dead Pool The writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Rossio had a hand in previous deliveries, in addition to co-writing The Lone Ranger for Disney They also played it to work on the Warner Bros. script. Jonny Quest movie.
Representatives from Disney, Warner Bros. and Rossio's WME agency did not respond to EW's request for comment.