'Shrek' Writer Slammed For Likening N-Word To 'Anti-Vax'
Twitter users have hit out at Disney writer Terry Rossio after he claimed that the term 'anti-vax' was a slur akin to the n-word.
Rossio argued that parents of "vaccine damaged children" were being unfairly targeted and condemned the use of the term 'anti-vaxxer'.
"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)," said Rossio in the now-deleted tweet.
"Anti-Vax is equivalent to calling someone a n***** and makes as little sense," he added, without using the use of asterisks.
Rossio was immediately called out by critics who pointed out that the term is absolutely not equivalent to using the n-word.
Rossio -- who wrote Aladdin and all the Pirates Of The Caribbean films -- was also slammed for his "scientifically inaccurate" stance on the use of vaccines and their role in protecting the community against preventable diseases.
While Rossio initially doubled down on his use of the n-word -- claiming that anti-vax memes were equivalent to the racist slur -- he has now issued an apology.
"In a recent Twitter post, arguing against stereotyping and hate speech, I referenced the 'n-word' (the actual word) as an example of what not to do," he wrote.
"That was a mistake. I am sorry. I now understand that the word has no place in any conversation, ever."
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