Oscar-nominated screenwriter Terry Rossio, who has co-written the likes of “Aladdin” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, got raked over the coals on Friday for an anti-vaccination tweet which also included a racial slur.
In the tweet, Rossio said those who label parents who are opposed to vaccinating their kids as ‘anti-vax’ is comparable to calling someone the n-word:
“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.”
This has led to a wave of responses in the original thread. Rossio is a Disney stalwart, but the studio’s firing of “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn and “Roseanne” star Roseanne Barr this year in reaction to offensive tweets has meant getting into social media fights is a luxury employees and contractors for the studio take at their own risk.
In 2016, Rossio and Dr. Jocelyn Stamat acquired the film rights to a 2010 book detailing the events surrounding a 1998 paper in a British medical journal which was later debunked while the book’s author’s medical license was revoked.
Source: The Wrap