Robert De Niro joins effort to expose dangers of mercury in vaccines after his son was damaged by Thimerosal
Robert De Niro has gained notoriety recently not for his brilliant film career, but for his efforts towards exposing the dangers of vaccines. De Niro has grown increasingly outspoken about his concerns over what immunizations really contain because his 18-year-old son, Elliot, has autism.
Recently the famed actor joined Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the chairman of the World Mercury Project, at a National Press Club Conference. During the conference, De Niro commented, “I’m here for, because my son is within the autistic spectrum…”
Robert De Niro has often been described as a fairly private celebrity; he’s not been known to divulge personal details willingly. But that has changed; he has frequently spoken out about his son’s autism, and what he and his wife believe may have caused it.
De Niro makes waves
In 2016, De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival came under fire for planning to showcase the documentary, Vaxxed. Ultimately, the documentary was not aired at the festival due to protests — a decision that he has since appeared to regret.
De Niro also revealed that he and his wife believe that their son Elliot developed autism after receiving the MMR vaccine. The actor has commented that his son “changed overnight” after receiving the inoculation. Still, he contends that his not “anti-vaccine,” but rather that he is “pro-safe vaccine.”
“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,” he said. De Niro added that he believes that there is a link there — even if the government and mainstream scientists refuse to admit it.