Over the holiday weekend, “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Aladdin” screenwriter Terry Rossio found himself on the receiving end of some criticism after a brief Twitter spat made national news.
Attempting to defend his anti-vaccination stance, Rossio took to Twitter to explain how calling someone an ‘anti-vaxxer’ is not just the equivalent of using hate speech, and specifically cited the n-word as an example of the equivalent. He said:
“My heart goes out to all the parents of vaccine damaged children, who have to not only endure the sadness of their loss, but also the vitriol of ill-informed and insensitive people (such as those here). Anti-Vax is equivalent to calling someone a n—-er and makes as little sense.”
Not unexpectedly, there was a backlash against using that word at all, let alone arguing a false equivalency. Rossio has now taken to Twitter again to apologize for his choice of words:
“In a recent Twitter post, arguing against stereotyping and hate speech, I referenced the ‘n-word’ (the actual word) as an example of what not to do. That was a mistake. I am sorry.
I now understand that the word has no place in any conversation, ever. You can’t make a point against hate speech and reference actual words of hate speech. That was insensitive and ignorant.
I am immediately deleting the post to remove that toxic word from the internet, where it should never appear in any context.
As the mistake was mine alone, this apology is also mine alone. A deeply felt apology to all. I continue to stand against hate speech and dehumanizing labels in any form.
Rossio’s next film is “Godzilla vs. Kong” which recently began filming.