A Hollywood screenwriter whose projects have included “Shrek”, “Aladdin” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” has apologized after being slammed on Twitter for declaring that calling someone “anti-vax” is the same as calling that person the N-word.
IndieWire reported that screenwriter Terry Rossio sent a tweet to writer Julie Benson (“The 100”) to decry her retweet of a post pointing out vaccines can be donated via organizations such as UNICEF. An anti-vaccine advocate, Rossio wrote, “Anti-Vax is equivalent to calling someone a n*****.”
Benson responded by stating that she disagreed with his anti-vaccine stance because of “scientific research” that “doesn’t support” his viewpoint, and also asked him to “please never come on my feed with the n word again.” Replying, Rossio doubled down on his assertion.
Rossio’s tweet received a barrage of criticism from Twitter users, who took him to task for both his anti-vaccine views and his use of the n-word:
Even the Twitter account for Dictionary.com pointed out just out far out of line Rossio’s tweet was:
Rossio has since released a statement, writing that he was making a “deeply felt apology to all.”
See his full message below: