On April 10, 2016 Cecilia Farber posted an email exchange between Grace Hightower (Robert DeNiro's wife) and Andrew Wakefield, with the headline: BREAKING NEWS, Tribeca-Gate: Revealing Email Exchange Between Grace DeNiro and Andrew Wakefield.
In Andrew Wakefield's message to Grace Hightower dated March 29, Wakefield wrote,
...your family's life been blighted by autism....
This from a man who claims to be an advocate for autism.
Autistic people have always been here. Vaccines don't cause autism. Vaccine Advocates: Please Don't Discriminate Against Autistic People.
April 18, 2015 Updated to Add: Science Mom at Just the Vax has a much more deeply-considered post on this exchange, and the way that Wakefield's film exploits autistic people, many of them minors. Thank you SM for saying so clearly what I had been thinking but could not say. Read Paging De Niro and Hightower...Wakefield isn't really in it to help autistics
Andrew Wakefield is a professional parasite who slimed his way into the De Niro's hearts preying upon their vulnerability, desperation and celebrity. I wonder though, even if Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower subscribe to the vaccine-causation idea, would they consent to have their son portrayed in the manner Wakefield exploited in his film? Even more importantly, would their son consent to be portrayed in such a humiliating manner? If they don't have a problem with their son being called a blight on their family would they mind their son's personal details on display for public consumption? If they would have a problem with that then perhaps they should reconsider Andrew Wakefield as an ally and take a critical look at who he really is because he isn't an autism advocate or researcher or even film-maker as he so recently fancies himself.