A ‘Shrek’ writer claimed that the term ‘anti-vax’ is like calling someone the N-word, and people are mad

Terry Rossio in 2017 Getty/Jesse Grant
  • “Shrek” screenwriter Terry Rossio was criticised after comparing the term “anti-vax” with the n-word on Twitter.
  • It came amid a discussion about a UNICEF program that allows donors to choose how their funds be used.
  • He later apologised, saying that his use of the n-word was “a mistake.”

A Hollywood screenwriter best known for “Shrek” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” was slammed on Twitter after claiming that using the term “anti-vax” is akin to calling someone the n-word.

Screenwriter Terry Rossio apologised on Sunday after deleting his original post, in which he said: “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—– [and] makes as little sense.”

The tweet came after he sparked a conversation with “The 100” writer Julie Benson, who had tweeted about a UNICEF program that allows donors to choose how their funds be used.



People on Twitter were quick to criticise Rossio’s use of the n-word.

Even Dictonary.com joined in the discussion.

Rossio has since apologised for the post, saying his use of the N-word was a “mistake.”



The Tweet from Rossio, who was also a screenwriter for 1992’s “Aladdin,” was in support of a growing number of anti-vaccine campaigners, who advocate against vaccines despite scientific evidence that they are safe for the average person.

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The anti-vaccine movement grew largely from a 1998 report by a discredited former doctor named Andrew Wakefield, who claimed the MMR vaccine caused autism.

No other scientists were able to reproduce Wakefield’s results, and many of Wakefield’s co-authors withdrew their support for the study.