Published Feb 16, 2017In addition to his steady stream of questionable career choices, Robert De Niro continues to speak out as a prominent anti-vaxxer. Now, the actor has offered a cash reward for anyone who can prove that vaccines are safe — all of this despite overwhelming scientific data to suggest they're perfectly fine.
According to the New York Daily News, De Niro has teamed up with John F. Kennedy Jr. to look for proof that vaccines are okay for human use, and they'll pony up $100,000 USD to whoever can prove it.
"On one hand, the government is telling pregnant women which mercury-laced fish to avoid so that they don't harm their fetuses, and on the other, the CDC supports injecting mercury-containing vaccines into pregnant women, infants and children," Kennedy said at a press conference earlier this week."
The cash reward will be handed to someone "who can find a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that thimerosal is safe in the amounts contained in vaccines currently being administered to American children and pregnant women." In other words, you should start reading scientific studies in search of your cash reward!
De Niro drew public criticism last year when he requested that an anti-vaxxing documentary be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, which he founded. De Niro later pulled the film.