Robert De Niro has suggested his wife believes that vaccines are connected to his 18-year-old son’s autism.
In an emotional Today show interview the actor defended the controversial film Vaxxed.
During his interview, the actor commented on the controversy that sparked after “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Conspiracy,” was recently pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival lineup. The anti-vaccination film is billed as an investigation into a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that found the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine does not cause autism.
“I think the movie is something that people should see. I, as a parent with a child who has autism, am concerned. I want to know the truth,” he told Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist. “And I’m not anti-vaccine, I want safe vaccines.”
He added: “There are many people who will come out and say, ‘No, I saw my kid change, like, over night, I saw what happened. I should have done something and I didn’t.’ So there’s more to this than meets the eye. Believe me.”
“For me to get so upset here today, on the Today show with you guys, means there’s something there,” he said. “That’s all I wanted, was for the movie to be seen. People can make their own judgment, but you must see it. There’s other things that just document and show. It’s not a simple thing … I’m not a scientist, but I’ve seen so much reaction of just ‘let’s find out the truth’, so let’s just find out the truth.”
An overwhelming body of scientific research has found no connection between vaccines and autism.
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