Buzzing: De Niro yanks anti-vaccine documentary

De Niro yanks anti-vaccine documentary

Facing a storm of criticism over its plan to show a documentary about the widely debunked link between vaccines and autism, the Tribeca Film Festival has pulled Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe from its schedule next month. Actor Robert De Niro, a founder of the festival, wrote in a statement: "My intent in screening this film was to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply personal to me and my family. But, after reviewing it over the past few days with the Tribeca Film Festival team and others from the scientific community, we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for." He and his wife Grace Hightower have a child with autism.

Cosby accusers upset with museum

Several women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault say they are upset that the new National Museum of African American History and Culture plans not to mention their accusations in an exhibition that recognises the entertainer's pioneering work in comedy and television.

Cosby's footprint will be small in the museum, which will showcase more than 3,000 artefacts overall and is to open in September at the National Mall in Washington. The Cosby sections will include just a few objects that recognise his work as a comedian, his work on the television programmes I Spy and The Cosby Show, and his support of black Hollywood stuntmen. Curators at the museum said they felt his achievements should stand alone.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2016, with the headline 'Buzzing: De Niro yanks anti-vaccine documentary'. Print Edition | Subscribe