Do you know who Andrew Wakefield is? You should! He’s the doctor who, in 1998, published a paper linking vaccines to autism.
Well, he’s not a doctor anymore. He was stripped of his medical license and found guilty of “abuse of developmentally challenged children” and of “dishonesty” in his studies by a hearing of his peers. The link between vaccines and autism was bullshit, but it sure did catch on.
We can trace the current fad for not vaccinating babies and children straight back to the former doctor, and — surprise! — he’s still going. Jezebel recently caught up with him on a conspiracy-theory-themed cruise, and though Wakefield refused to show them his anti-vaccine “documentary” at the time, it’s now listed as being among the films to be shown at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Meaning Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe will get the chance to spread its dangerous message at a well-respected film festival.
From the Tribeca Film Festival website: “Digging into the long-debated link between autism and vaccines, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe features revealing and emotional interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, parents, and one whistleblower to understand what’s behind the skyrocketing increase of autism diagnoses today.”
Whatever you say, dude.
Update: A Tribeca Film Festival spokesperson sent this statement. “Tribeca, as most film festivals, are about dialogue and discussion. Over the years we have presented many films from opposing sides of an issue. We are a forum, not a judge.”