A few months ago, Robert De Niro joined forces with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in Washington D.C. to hold a press conference about vaccine safety.
The duo is looking for evidence that vaccines are safe and is willing to give $ 100.000 to anyone who can provide such information.
The Oscar-winning actor participated in a panel which featured discredited claims regarding vaccination, including the idea that they cause autism and that high mercury levels in immunizations make children sick.
“On one hand, the government is telling pregnant women which mercury-laced fish to avoid so that they don’t harm their fetuses, and on the other, the CDC supports injecting mercury-containing vaccines into pregnant women, infants and children,” Kennedy Jr. stated at the joint press conference.
“This defies all logic and common sense.”
Kennedy, the son of the departed U.S. attorney general and senator, firmly suggested that all this is a plot by the journalists and the government to cover up the truth about vaccine safety and that the “shots have caused the autism epidemic.”
De Niro, whose own son has autism, and Kennedy called out the use of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative.
The cash reward is offered through Kennedy’s World Mercury Project for anyone “who can find a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that thimerosal is safe in the amounts contained in vaccines currently being administered to American children and pregnant women.”
According to an FDA study in 1999, the use of thimerosal as a vaccine preservative posed no harm except for hypersensitivity. The CDC has also provided research that shows thimerosal doesn’t cause autism.
Soon after meeting with the U.S. President Trump in January, Kennedy claimed he was invited to be the head of a vaccine commission. However, Trump’s spokespeople later explained that the President was instead considering “the possibility of forming a committee on autism”, but no certain decisions had been made at that point.
Kennedy is well-versed in speaking about vaccines.
In 2005, he published an article named “Deadly Immunity” in Rolling Stone and Salon, stating that the mercury-based chemical thimerosal causes mercury poisoning and autism.
Nevertheless, due to lack of evidence to support Kennedy’s view, the article was retracted at Salon.
On the other hand, De Niro also has an anti-vax history. In 2016, he removed his anti-vaccination movie Vaxxed from the Tribeca Film Festival lineup due to a huge backlash from the scientific community. The actor later appeared on the Today show and spoke about the film’s intentions.
“I think the movie is something that people should see,” he said. “There’s a lot of information about things that are happening with the CDC, the pharmaceutical companies, there’s a lot of things that are not said. I, as a parent of a child who has autism, I’m concerned. And I want to know the truth. I’m not anti-vaccine. I want safe vaccines.”
If vaccines are truly as safe as the government insists, let’s see who will be the first to prove it and claim this reward. Do you think finding evidence will be easy or not?