Morgan Freeman recently recorded a PSA encouraging the public to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Morgan Freeman is now under fire by the same people angry that “wear a mask” is a popular refrain.
“I’m not a doctor, but I trust science. And I’m told that, for some reason, people trust me,” the Vanquish star says in a public service announcement released Monday by the arts advocacy group The Creative Coalition.
Freeman has played God in several different movies. He’s also someone who has routinely done narrative work. His voice is indeed one people often claim they hear in their heads when they are narrating their own lives.
“So here I am to say I trust science and I got the vaccine,” Freeman tells viewers in the PSA. “If you trust me, you’ll get the vaccine,” he adds.
The venerated actor also broke out some math in his plea.
“In math, it’s called the distributive property. In people, it’s called taking care of one another.” Freeman add that getting vaccinated “help make our world a safe place for us to enjoy ourselves again.”
While his message seemed rather benign to many, there was a certain segment of the conservative corner of social media who took offense at the Public Service Announcement.
‘I Don’t Trust Morgan Freeman’
Chief among the people leading the pushback against the PSA was a Twitter user that goes by the name Hotep Jesus.
I don't trust Morgan Freeman.
Retweet if you don't trust him either. https://t.co/0NL0Y5B0nF
— Hotep Jesus (@HotepJesus) April 6, 2021
Some of the users’ detractors found something a bit odd about someone who’s claim to fame is appearing on television, pushing back against Freeman.
“DON’T trust this celebrity but trust me,” one user responded. ‘The guy who’s claim to fame is being seen on Joe Rogan.”
Another made a comment in the same vein.
“Yep, all I needed to read in your bio was ‘seen on Joe Rogan’ and I knew where you were coming from,” they wrote. “Def trust Morgan Freeman more than you.”
Hotep Jesus was far from the only conservative who complained about Freeman recording the PSA.
The Pushback To The Pushback
As more conservatives decried the PSA, Freeman’s fans fought back.
“All the conservatives are throwing tantrums about Morgan Freeman,” one wrote. “The people who call liberals snowflakes and complain about cancel culture are CRYING and trying to cancel someone.”
All the conservatives are throwing tantrums about Morgan Freeman. The people who call liberals snowflakes and complain about cancel culture are CRYING and trying to cancel someone. Oh the irony…
All the while, I'm sitting here like pic.twitter.com/vCG4z0144s
— Kevin A (@TheKevinA) April 6, 2021
Another user pointed out the same people against the vaccine PSAs are likely people who are also against wearing masks.
“The Venn diagram between people mad at Morgan Freeman’s vaccine PSA because they don’t trust a celebrity telling them what to do, and people who would inject bleach into their bodies because a failed reality TV host told them to, is a circle.” one user posted.
Freeman is far from the only celebrity pushing for people to take a vaccine. Singer Dolly Parton shared a video of her shot, encouraging her fans to get the vaccine in an effort to return to “normal.” Carole King, Tyler Perry and Mariah Carey are just of the celebs who have gotten in on the act.
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