The writer of "Shrek" Terry Rossio draws anger after Tweet of N-Word – Variety

adminNovember 24, 2018

"Terry Rossio, screenwriter of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Shrek," is drawing anger on Twitter after including the word N in a tweet against vaccines.

Responding Thursday night to the writer of "The 100" Julie Benson, who had published a call for people to contribute to vaccination efforts, Rossio wrote: "My heart is with all the parents of the children harmed by the vaccine, 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 call someone nr and it makes little sense. " (Rossio used the whole word).

Rossio has been hired to write the movie "Jonny Quest" for Warner Bros., which will be directed by Lego Batman director Chris McKay.

Twitter users were quick to point out that calling someone against vaccination was not at all equivalent to calling him the N-word.

Among them was the writer Jeff Grubb, who said jokingly: "God, this is 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. "

In 2016, Rossio said he would adapt the book "Callous Disregard" by the director of the controversial "Vaxxed". Among his other credits are "Aladdin" and "The Lone Ranger" in 1992.

Disney had no comment. Rossio's agency, WME, could not be reached for comment.

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