Andrew Wakefield’s movie Vaxxed is looking for answers. It is taking on some serious brow beating by not just the medical world but by media online and off in general. Can we all go back to being adults and stop the disrespectful and demeaning name calling. Vaccinations are the new hot controversy. Maybe you don’t believe Andrew Wakefield’s research on vaccines but the truth of the matter is there have been infant deaths and multiple deaths due to one or the other vaccine. The intentions of media were aggressive. To be assertive is to openly express your reasons for anger without intentionally demeaning and harming the other person with your words.
What the autistic world wants to know is if vaccines are what is causing autism. Parents who do not want to vaccinate your children do you see what you are up against? It is a right and a privilege to make the decision for your child. Everyone does not need to be the same across the board. Parents who choose not to vaccinaten are not wrong or bad for making a different decision than yours, the masses. The problem was everyone taking it personally. People threatened to change their feelings or take their love away or like of the Tribeca Festival or Robert DeNiro. Sounds a lot life mental abuse and shaming techniques like the ones angry parents use when they post there “bad” or “wrong” children online with signs.
Do we really wonder why bullying exists when one man’s research brought out the worst in people and parenting over a single movie. Media writers were bullying Robert DeNiro and theTribeca Film Festival. I would not be surprised to hear that there were even death threats over the subject. Seriously everyone should be ashamed of their example. What autism doesn’t need is more argument and it never asked for pushing and shoving or name calling. Your children are watching. Frankly my dear I think Donald Trump and the rank and stench of political “show” is rubbing off on the public in the worst way.
Mr. Wakefield does not need me to stand up for him, neither does Tribeca or DeNiro, but the behaviors were not pretty. They were not mature; they were not good examples of adult role modeling. If the kind of behaviors that took place over Vaxxed being played at Tribeca imagine what the umpire at a child’s baseball game would have said to all the parents involved. There would be a lot of empty spaces in the baseball stands. The behaviors would be considered unsportsmanlike. The game may have been called off because of the mob of angry adults insisting on their way. The angry mob was so shaming and waving banners of guilt the angry mob would surely have taken over the field the children would be playing on.
Do we really fear terrorists or do we need to fear each other? The lines got blurry there for about 24-hours. Brussels is not a pretty sight and people are appalled and crying. Kids in school and even one security guard is taking guns and threats to the schools and causing lock down and fear to strike the very heart of the community over its youngest members. And we are going to send hate articles over a movie to a famous actor who has said himself is a special needs parent. DeNiro stated his request and what he wanted to see happen over the showing of the movie at the festival. Both his request and his motive were in complete alignment with what is legal to do in the United States. Wakefield’s movie is not about communism or supremacy or abortion, it is not about harming anyone mind, body, or soul. The decision to vaccinate or to not vaccinate is a decision that parents take on individually, period. It is nothing more.
If we are a people divided over the simple role of vaccines what else can come between us in the name of a cure for children and adults. Andrew Wakefield is already sure of what he is up against. He has lost his licensing over his message. Yet he has persisted in making a movie about his research and findings on the MMR vaccine being linked to autism. The movie should have been played. Like it or not, the people who do not agree with his point of view do not run the world.
No one believed that Tribeca was endorsing or backed and paid for the movie. No one believed that DeNiro said it was to open up dialogue about autism not bring out the worst in people. Media used guilt and shaming to shut it all down, DeNiro’s own opinion as a parent of a special needs child, about Andrew Wakefield’s movie Vaxxed. It doesn’t make it right. Is everyone who persisted in the bullying behaviors yesterday happy now? Getting your way doesn’t make it right. Getting your way by bullying and storming the house is not how communication takes place. It is certainly now how to get your way or to find balance and peace. It is slamming your foot down on one side of the scale to tip it in your favor just because you say so. People will stop behaving that way when they find they no longer have power given to them by others when they do it.
- DeNiro pushed for Vaxxed the movie to be shown at Tribeca Film Festival
You cannot rant about what you call the bad behavior of Tribeca and DeNiro and ignore your own bad behaviors. “Do as I say not as I do.” What you do matters more than what you say. Having an anger and shaming attack over a rule your feel like was broken? Some people take things in stride and others go balls out ballistic, they are angry, they are going to lash out at your verbally and possibly physically and they are taking their toys and going home. Where did all of the love go? What happened to the teachable lesson of open communication between to consenting adults?
- Tribeca Film Festival caves in to mainstream demands Vaxxed is removed
Being a guilt-ridden and angry guilt intense media only messes everything up. Reporting used to be a flat article stating what happened across the board. Not any more, thanks to access to online blogs and social media online, like Twitter, celebrities and normal people, their feelings and impressions and personal life are subjects we have right in front of us at the touch of a switch we didn’t have before. Things are written in the heat of the moment, then at the push of the “easy” button it’s online for the world to see. There is no copy to be written and edited and waiting for the next day’s type set up for release to be in the newspaper.
Autism existed is being diagnosed before vaccination. A point of view is one thing name calling and shaming DeNiro, Wakefield, and Tribeca Film Festival calls for an apology to all the involved parties.