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The Tribeca Film Festival now is celebrating its 15th year and founders, actor Robert De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal mark the occasion with an interview on TODAY. De Niro, who has an autistic child, comments on the decision to pull the anti-vaccination film “Vaxxed” from this year’s lineup, even though he says, “I think the movie is something that people should see,” and he questions statistics on vaccine-preventable diseases.

38 Responses to Robert De Niro Debates Autism’s Link to Vaccines | TODAY Show

  1. lemonfoundation Reply

    June 15, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    For me, I’m not “anti-vax,” per se, I am “pro-fact.” Why isn’t everyone?

    I’ve testified federally in Washington, DC, and have been flown out of the USA, twice now facilitated by the UN. I’m well-versed in WMDs, germ warfare, democide, and eugenics. I also admin a Gulf War group (see: biowar), and published 35 times on 4 continents. http://www.cfsstraighttalk.blogspot.com

    When it comes to the vaccine “debate,” I don’t really see one. I believe that EVERYONE IS RIGHT –> some vaccines do work in some *selective* gene populations, and other vaccines are designed, patented, and MAN-ufactured to trigger and fail in other gene pools (see: eugenics in CA, Agenda-21, Georgia Guidestones). In fact, vaccines are just an instrument of bioweaponry.

    On a macro level, how anyone can naively believe that the *rich white man* is helping the *poor black man* get better and live a longer healthier life, while broadcasting that its everyone else who’s is lacking in intelligence, is truly beyond my realm of comprehension (see: Native American wars, then untapped crude oil and blood diamonds in Africa).

    Putting everything else aside (because government-funded “science” is as oxymoronic as it gets, as it’ll always have a political agenda it is hardly legitimate), I just tell people: put down the WiFi; go to the library; and open a history book.

    WE ALL NEED TO UNITE.

    Resistance, revolt, revolution are history’s ONLY proven solutions. Viva La Revolución‏!

  2. Heather Reply

    April 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  3. Tamara Reply

    April 21, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Thank you for your courage, Mr. Dinero. I pray that you will not experience any backlash for these statements. Certain powers that be do not like high profile celebrities like you speaking out about these subjects. God bless you.

    • Meilyn Reply

      April 24, 2016 at 1:28 am

      That was my first thoughts too. I hope they will just let him be. He wasn’t voicing too harsh of views so maybe it will slide. Hopefully. But I am happy he said just enough to plant seeds. And there’s a sort of phenomenon that happens when something is banned or censored, which I hope happens in this circumstance. And that is – more people will be curious to view this film than would have originally been.

  4. Jo Sue Murdock Reply

    April 21, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Thank You Robert De Niro!! We need this information brought out.
    Make the Drug companies responsible. Don’t let them sweep it under the rug.

    I truly believe because I saw it with my own eyes and I always believed in getting my boys vaccines. My oldest son has Autism because of the high doses he got in his vaccine. My youngest one has reaction right away and they could not give him the rest of his baby shots, he did not get Autism. I watched my oldest son go from a happy child who was so healthy to a child who never smiled again, with dark circles under his eyes, sick all the time, seizures, severe leaning disabilities.

    I also raised a grandson who has autism. I know it had something to do with the vaccines.

    Thank You Robert.

  5. Dale Evans Reply

    April 21, 2016 at 4:31 am

    From “Ecoscience,” by John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology —

    “Individual rights must be balanced against the power of the government to control human reproduction… Where the society has a “compelling, subordinating interest” in regulating population size, the right of the individual may be curtailed.

    Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.”

    In “The Population Bomb,” Ehrlich floats the idea of adding “temporary sterilants” to the water supply or staple foods. However, he rejects the idea as unpractical due to “criminal inadequacy of biomedical research in this area.”

    He proposes a powerful Department of Population and Environment which “should be set up with the power to take whatever steps are necessary to establish a reasonable population size in the United States and to put an end to the steady deterioration of our environment.” The department should support research into population control, such as better contraceptives, mass sterilizing agents, and prenatal sex discernment (because families often continue to have children until a male is born.

    Sam Keen, closing plenary session at Michail Gorbachev’s 1995 Global Conference in San Francisco: “We must speak far more clearly about sexuality, about contraception, about abortion, about the values that control the population, because the ecological crisis, in short, is the population crisis. Cut the population by 90 percent and there aren’t enough people left to do a great deal of ecological damage.”

    Professor John Schnellnhuber, founding director of the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research: “In a very cynical way, [global warming is] a triumph for science because at last we have stabilized something –- namely the estimates for the carrying capacity of the planet, namely below 1 billion people.” Schnellnhuber was one of three presenters at the June 18, 2015, release of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment.

  6. Melissa Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    I could kiss him. Thank you, Mr. De Niro. Thank you.

  7. Christine D Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you Rober De Niro! I too was so bummed you pulled it. I can understand why you have and only hope you do work around how you will get this film out to the public. It’s so important you do since you have a large following and now brought so much attention that you will surely stir the pot, which needs stirring.

  8. Regina Stegall Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Unbelievable that people still doubts about vaccine safety.
    I almost lost a child at the age of 2 weeks old when she got her first DPT vaccine. She had a reaction to the “P” which stands for Pertussis.
    Don’t want to make the story long, but at the time I didn’t know much about this stuff and all I remember is doctor said she couldn’t take that vaccine anymore. From then on she got “DT” only.
    That proves to me vaccines are not safe for some people.
    Well, my grandson today is autistic and at the time I warned my daughter about vaccines. I told her she should research about it or maybe just wait and not vaccinate so close one to another. Some kids are just more sensitive than others.
    Doctors don’t know everything!! They are not Gods and it’s like De Niro said. It’s about the profit and they’re not worried about who gets hurt.

  9. Danielle Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks Robert De Niro for speaking up & having your voice heard!! Finally someone in the public light is speaking up! I am a mother of 2 little boys & I can’t think of a more critical issue that we face in this life time for our children. Getting my children vaccinated is my biggest fear. You have done so many amazing things in your life time, I hope you make this issue your marking…. What else could be possibly more important.

  10. Mich Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Wow, I’m so hopeful and amazed at Robert De Niro’s comments about the need to explore the issues of vaccination and safety. This is courage. Thank you! There is definitely something strange going on when even the discussion of vaccination safety is approached. The Pharmaceutical industry and the revolving door of federal agency in their connections to these Pharmaceutical companies are very dangerous. As a parent, it’s frightening that we can’t protect our kids and have read medical choices.

  11. owldog Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Mr De Niro, my daughter coughed every night intermittently, for several years, after multiple jabs in one day. About 10 years ago, our neighbor in our apartment complex (identified themselves as evangelical Christians) had a newborn in a Wyoming hospital that got brain hemorrhage and died the day after a Hepatitis B shot. When the distraught parents brought to the hospital they were immediately put under house arrest for two weeks, while the hospital let the corpse get too rotten to do an autopsy – they packed up and went to Oregon.

  12. owldog Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks, Mr. De Niro, for the statement – if one’s child is not the one getting thrown into the proverbial volcano to appease the Pharma god, people tend to be dismissive. I guess that’s human nature. At least you got some rare insight into the strong-arm powers that be. Vote for Bernie.

  13. Richard Yamin Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    They pulled the video because most of the other filmmakers were pulling out of the festival. That’s very interesting. Especially when many of the films are Fringe topics. They had to have had a massive amount of pressure perhaps from the pharmaceutical companies to pull out of the festival.

  14. Terry Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you, Robert De Niro. Wish you would be interviewed without Jane Rosenthal monitoring what you have to say. You deserve your own platform without her interrupting and changing the subject. Be safe and blessings to your son. May the support of people like you start to reveal the truth as to why we have an autistic epidemic.

  15. Thomas Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    What is the real problem, is the hosts saying that the consensus is that there is no connection. Here we have hosts who are just that, entertainment hosts, NOT Journalists. They should be journalists, seeking the truth on the issue. They are NOT ! They are made up front people, who have no real knowledge of the issue because they are just there to look pretty and spew the company line, which they did. That is borderline criminal.

  16. Jordyn Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I love Robert De Niro more than ever now! Kudos to him for expressing intelligence and wisdom in saying, why can’t we just find out the truth? And to do it on national tv takes so much courage! The more celebrities like him that speak out the more the public will take notice.

  17. Kathleen Kreiselmeyer Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Hooray for you for raising this question again. It is a known fact that mercury is a neurotoxin & not suitable for many people. So why is it forced on pregnant women, newborns at risk & healthy infants & children. Keep on asking these questions.

  18. KP Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I can’t thank you, Robert DeNiro, enough. We have needed someone like you, to bring attention to this issue. In my own family, I have a grandson who is 3/4 deaf in one ear following a vaccine cocktail. I was helping care for him and saw it with my own eyes. High fever for over a week, knot on his leg, crying, listless, quit nursing, lost weight, at only a few months old. He had been perfectly fine up until the vaccine. Then my father, age 88, drove to his doctor for his annual checkup. My father, retired, WWII Veteran, was volunteering taking food to the home bound, playing golf, fishing, travelling with my mother and enjoying his retirement. His doctor told him he should get a pneumonia and shingles vaccine. My father did, even though my sister, a nurse, told him he was getting too old to be getting vaccines. Well, he forgot she told him that. He started feeling sick the following week after getting these vaccines. He was having trouble walking, ended up in the hospital, blown up like a balloon. His lungs filled up with fluid, they ran every test on him they could but did not know what was wrong with him. My father asked us to take him home. We did. Two weeks later, he broke out in chicken pox and was on antibiotics for pneumonia. My father had the chicken pox as a child. He and my mother had 11 children and we all had chicken pox over the years and my father was exposed each time. He already had an immunity to them. He died a month later. My sister, the nurse, suggested it was the vaccine to the doctor and they were appalled at her suggestion. Why did he end up with chicken pox? Why did he end up with pneumonia? We asked the large HMO to report it to the CDC, but we know they probably did not. We did find out that 2 weeks after my father died, the HMO stopped giving the shingles vaccine to anyone over 80. We know our father could have died from something worse, but he should not have died this way. We are all POSITIVE it was the vaccines. No one will ever convince us otherwise. We saw it with our own eyes. Junk science is junk science when you have this experience. My 10 siblings and I were all vaccinated. So were my children, but I did pick and chose what they had. My siblings and I all had chicken pox, measles and mumps. Yes, they were uncomfortable, but not one of us died. They talk about these viruses like they are deadly diseases. I now believe the vaccines are much worse than the virus itself. The only way you get a real immunity to the virus is by getting it. The vaccine is not the answer. Now, in California, if your child is not completely vaccinated, they cannot attend school. This has to be unconstitutional. It has to be. You can’t ask a parent to vaccinate a child with a vaccine that has a side effect of “may cause death” on the warning sheet, which most parents are handed on their way out the door of the doctor’s office after the child is vaccinated. I didn’t mean to go on and on, but I don’t know where to go or how to fight this? Our rights, as parents and grandparents in California, have been taken away.

    • Bouncedancer Reply

      April 20, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      My 80-some-year-old mother had a massive stroke a few days after her first flu shot. My son had such a reaction to his only polio shot (dead virus) that I said over my dead body does he get any more. He had severe allergies and a touch of asthma till a homeopathic MD healed him with a megadose of homeopathics in one visit! I took my first husband to the ER after the swine-flu fiasco in the 1970s. My husband’s nephew is in a wheelchair after the live polio vaccine.

      The list goes on. There are so many vaccine-injured. We will continue speaking out. Maybe the dam has been broken.

    • Linda F Reply

      April 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      That’s correct KP…rights have been taken away because the U.S. is a corporation, not a Constitutional Republic. You want to know the origins of “junk science”? Please read The Drug Story, by Morris A. Bealle.

    • Linda Marek Reply

      April 20, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you for your story KP. Isn’t it amazing that the hospital would be shocked and refuse to see the connection? I think they have all been vaccine-damaged themselves – brain dead. Tell your story to everyone, especially seniors.

  19. Rachel Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Americas film and entertainment artists telling the journalists to do their job. Fantastic! Robert, Thank you for a drop of hope in this unveiling of truths.

  20. Emma Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Thank you so much Mr. DeNiro for speaking out about this.

  21. Linda Abernethy Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I hate the word “consensus”

  22. Jan Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Discuss and debate — get the facts, please. Like Denise, I am permanently disabled due to a vaccine. At the last Guillain-Barre Syndrome support meeting I attended, four out of 15-20 GBS/CIDP attendees were in recovery due to a vaccine. Each one is dealing with a life-long disability. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System is on-line at the CDC website. The statistics are two years old after they screen for “pre-existing” conditions, but all are listed. There is even a special Vaccine Court system in Washington to deal with the numerous serious reactions. Japan is threatening to sue the manufacturers of Gardasil because so many of their children have been hurt.

  23. num guy Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 10:00 am

    FDA = Fraud and Death Administration
    CDC = Center for Deceit and Corruption

    Wake up people. As long as the drug companies in the US are protected from all lawsuits by the Kangaroo Court, this cover up will continue. If vaccines are so safe, why does our corrupt Congress need to protect Big Pharma That should say it all. Do you know Drug companies spend around 250 million dollars in lobbying, the highest of any industry group.

  24. Patricia Regalia DMH HD(RDom) Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 9:59 am

    There is a safe alternative to vaccines and in some cases vaccine damage can be reversed. I am passionate about helping families with Autism & any chronic diseases.

    Please feel free to contact me anytime for more information.

    Thank you Robert!

  25. Sherrance Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Thank you graciously for your care, desire to bring information and the continuation of being a positive role model in the entertainment and health community. I’m very sorry that your son has autism. My son who is eight years of age has autism as well. You were standing not alone. Thank you again graciously.

  26. Denise Reply

    April 18, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you Robert! I was really angry with you, when you pulled the film. Now i get it. Thank you for taking the time to explain your action. I am forever disabled, due to a vaccine, and people really don’t want to know the truth. I look forward to being a ‘soldier’ with you, in this fight.
    God bless you and your son.

    • Jan Reply

      April 20, 2016 at 10:13 am

      Denise,

      I am disabled from a vaccine, too. Had to learn to walk again and, of course, I lost my job, home and insurance. Hope that you have been able to lead a normal life after your reaction; it has been 15 years for me and I function fairly well.

      Thank you Robert and anyone who dares to challenge the pharmaceutical companies. Science is great and vaccines have saved lives. However, they should be used with moderation and only taken when healthy. Just because scientists cannot prove that there is a connection between a shot and autism, etc., that does not mean it does not exist. It only means that they are not capable of proving it.

  27. Bernadett Blummer Reply

    April 16, 2016 at 5:17 am

    One word: RESPECT!

  28. Keith Reply

    April 14, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Not feeling it when it comes to Rosenthal…she appears to be part of the problem.

    • Linda Marek Reply

      April 20, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Keith – you are right. Rosenthal is the problem. I am sure she is the “other” part of his company that agreed to pull the film. She kept changing the subject to remind people that there were other films in the festival that were controversial and to be sure to watch them. You could see the look on Robert’s face every time she changed the subject. I think he rolled his eyes.

      I think pulling the film from the Festival back-fired on its opponents and has brought more attention to it than otherwise would have happened. People always want to see a film that was banned.

  29. Mark Gilfillan Reply

    April 14, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Thank you for bringing this information into the public domain. Make all vaccines safe for those that have already suffered.

    • Marianne Jädick Reply

      April 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      Mark, only a vaccine not given is a safe vaccine. And remember, once vaccinated there is no way to de-vaccinate. Please, do your homework. The whole concept of vaccination is wrong.

      • Linda F Reply

        April 20, 2016 at 4:35 pm

        Yes. Please read The Drug Story, by Morris A. Bealle…it says it all!

  30. Eufracio c. Reply

    April 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Thank you Robert Deniro and Jane Rosenthal!

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