Morgan Freeman's new public service annoucement encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine has put him in the bullseye of anti-vaxxers.
In the ad, which was put out on April 5 by the nonprofit Creative Coalition, the acting icon said, "I'm Morgan Freeman. I'm not a doctor. But I trust science. And I'm told that for some reason, people trust me. So here I am to say I trust science and I got the vaccine. If you trust me, you'll get the vaccine."
Morgan, 83, continued, "In math, it is called distributive property. In people, it's called taking care of one another. Get the vaccine. Help make our world a safe place for us to enjoy ourselves again. Please."
The Creative Coalition and Morgan both tweeted out the PSA. Soon after, people opposed to the vaccine let their voices be heard on Twitter.
One woman said Morgan was "leading people to ruin their health." Another said, "I don't know Morgan Freeman personally so how would I trust him? As for politicians I don't trust any of them."
Some others laughed at taking "medical advice" from an actor. Ironically, many of those same people — presumably not doctors — weren't shy about sharing their own unproven medical expertise.
A fair amount of people said they weren't necessary against getting the vaccine, but noted that they were taking a wait-and-see approach.
In contrast to the detractors, many social media fans applauded Morgan for the ad.
The only person I could trust MORE than Morgan Freeman to encourage me to get this vaccine is someone in a white lab coat holding a clipboard," one person tweeted. "I think this seals it for me…I'M IN!!!!"
Another added, "I don't know about you, but I trust both science AND @morgan_freeman, so I got my shot!"