Vaxxed: from Cover-Up to Catastrophe has undoubtedly gained great impetus from being dropped from the Tribeca Film Festival, gaining many screenings throughout the USA – very often to capacity audiences.
And the reasons are simple. First of all, we don’t like being told what we can and cannot do and this is a phenomenon that many people ignore. Kids will touch if told not do, we ignore signs to keep off the grass, banned books become popular reads and songs barred by radio stations become top hits.
Similarly, we hate being told which films we can and cannot watch, and it is more than censorship; it is about freedom. Throughout the civilised world we have freedom of speech, of expression, that is guaranteed by law and so we must also have the corresponding right to listen. We don’t want what we are told to be ‘sanitised’ by anyone in some form of authority or with some undue influence.
Lastly, in the case of Vaxxed, the news coverage surrounding its initial acceptance and later exclusion by New York’s Tribeca Film Festival was more publicity than the film makers could have reasonably bought and created greater public interest and clamour to see it.
However good or bad the ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ cases of the vaccination debate may be, we have the right to hear them both and make up our own minds. Even actor/producer Robert de Niro, the man behind that New York festival, agrees. Despite Tribeca’s change of heart, interviewed on NBC’s Today show on Wednesday (April 15), Mr de Niro spoke about vaccines and autism and said “I think the movie is something that people should see,” and that it’s time to “find out the truth, let’s just find out the truth.”
Yes, let’s do just that!