Robert De Niro and the organizers of the Tribeca Film Festival have withdrawn a controversial anti-vaccination documentary from the fest's schedule following the backlash toward Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Conspiracy's filmmaker and some of the discredited science featured in the documentary.
"My intent in screening this film was to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply personal to me and my family, But after reviewing it over the past few days with the Tribeca Film Festival team and others from the scientific community, we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for," De Niro said in a statement Saturday.
"The Festival doesn't seek to avoid or shy away from controversy. However, we have concerns with certain things in this film that we feel prevent us from presenting it in the Festival program. We have decided to remove it from our schedule."