Robert De Niro visited the Today show this morning to help kick off his annual Tribeca Film Festival . . . and to come out publicly as the latest celebrity to question the safety of vaccines.
The subject of vaccinations came up when he was asked to elaborate on why the festival pulled Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe — an antivaxxer "documentary" made by Andrew Wakefield, the discredited former gastroenterologist who suggested a widely disproven link between a particular vaccine and autism — from the lineup following severe backlash from other filmmakers.
"I think the movie is something that people should see," De Niro maintained. "There's more than meets the eye. . . . There's a lot of information about things that are happening with the CDC, the pharmaceutical companies; there's a lot of things that are not said."
The actor, who has an 18-year-old son with autism, added that "nobody seems to want to address" the issue of vaccine safety.
However, the issue of vaccine safety has been addressed. It's been addressed countless times in countless studies, and the results have always been the same: vaccines do not cause autism. More so, vaccines do not cause autism even for children at risk of developing autism.
He called out to researchers to provide answers, saying, "If you are scientists, let's see, let's hear."
However, scientists have studied it, they've seen the results, and they've explained it every which way they can. It's the "let's hear" part that no one seems to be doing.
And even when faced with the real danger that such a reckless belief system is to blame for the recent measles and whooping cough outbreaks, he once again pushed back: "I don't know if those statistics are accurate. I'm not the one to say."
He's half right: those statistics are accurate, and he's most definitely not the one to say.