Terry Rossio is catching a lot of fire for tweeting the N-word.
Drama started after the screenwriter said “anti-vax” is equivalent to calling someone a “n*gger.”
“My heart goes out to all the parents of vaccine damaged children, who have to not only endure the sadness of their loss, but also the vitriol of ill-informed and insensitive people (such as those here). Anti-Vax is equivalent to calling someone a [n*gger] and makes as little sense,” he wrote, in reply to The 100 writer Julie Benson, who had tweeted a post on Thursday encouraging people to donate vaccines “and then send a card to an anti-vax relative saying you’ve provided lifesaving vaccines in their name.”
This triggered heated reactions on social media, with hundreds of users calling out his insensitive comparison, and among them was writer Jeff Grubb, who wrote a string of tweets mocking Rossio, including: “God, this is such a good point. I remember how American founders and citizens enslaved vaccine skeptics for decades. And then, even after freeing them, the government enshrined laws to marginalize vaccine deniers and to deny them wealth and opportunity. That’s just history.” He added in a subsequent tweet, “Oh, and finally: eat shit, Terry.”
Rossio had yet to retract his statement as at press time, and Disney had yet to respond to the criticism, too.