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‘Pirates of the Carribean’ and ‘Shrek’ Screenwriter Terry Rossio Claims Calling Him an ‘Anti-Vaxxer’ Is the Same as the N-Word, Then Almost Apologizes

Hey, remember when Disney immediately fired James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 because he made some off-color jokes ten years before they hired him, and then doubled down because they wanted to defend their image as a family brand? It turns out that what doesn’t get you instantly fired by Disney is saying that using the word “anti-vaxxer” to describe someone who thinks vaccines cause autism (they don’t) is the same as calling someone the n-word.

Terry Rossio said literally this, and though he deleted the tweet, people had the foresight to take screencaps of it.

Rossio also apologized for the tweet. Kind of.

See, what Rossio thinks he did wrong was using the n-word. Which is not great. But what he actually did wrong was compare hundreds of years of oppression of black people to being the kind of idiot who shoves jade eggs in their vagina and thinks vaccines cause autism. They don’t. I can’t stress this enough. Before you go into the comment section and write a Unabomber manifesto about how polio is good, actually, understand that you are wrong and science is, in fact, right.

Now, I don’t want to see people get fired for saying dumb things on the internet. Ideally, we should be able to express our beliefs, no matter how stupid, without worrying about losing our jobs. But what should happen and what does happen are two very different things, and it’s very telling Disney considers offensive jokes a fireable offense but is seemingly fine with people saying the n-word.

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