The screenwriter who penned the 2007 zombie film I Am Legend starring Will Smith has been pressured to make clear one thing on Twitter that’s certain to make us all depressed at this time. The author, Akiva Goldsman, needed to clarify that I Am Legend is, the truth is, fiction. It’s not a documentary about zombies or one thing like that.
“Oh. My. God. It’s a film. I made that up. It’s. Not. Actual,” Goldsman tweeted Monday night.
Why on Earth would Goldsman really feel the necessity to make clear one thing so apparent? It could seem that anti-vaccination advocates who’re campaigning in opposition to covid-19 vaccines have turned I Am Legend into a meme.
The meme incorrectly asserts that zombies have been created within the film from a vaccination program gone awry, as if that might have some relevance to the real-world covid-19 pandemic which has sickened not less than 203 million folks globally and killed 4.three million.
A report from the New York Times about one one that believed the meme could be actual went viral, and included arguably one of many weirdest explanations within the paper’s historical past:
One worker stated she was involved as a result of she thought a vaccine had brought about the characters within the movie I Am Legend to show into zombies. However the plague that turned folks into zombies within the film was attributable to a genetically reprogrammed virus, not by a vaccine.
However that is removed from the primary time that the film has come up in mainstream information reporting about resistance to the covid-19 vaccine. The Washington Publish included an analogous anecdote from an anti-vaxxer back in May.
Simmons, a Democrat, advised The Publish that she had been haunted by a 2007 horror film, “I Am Legend,” which starred actor Will Smith. That movie depicts a botched most cancers treatment that kills most individuals and transforms the survivors into monsters — and Simmons stated the picture ran by means of her head final yr as she heard in regards to the speedy improvement of the coronavirus vaccines.
“I like that film, for every kind of causes. However that was form of scary. Don’t wish to be a zombie,” Simmons stated.
If that is all too miserable to consider, simply do not forget that the quantity of people that suppose I Am Legend is actual might be small. However not sufficiently small for it to resonate within the broader anti-vaccine neighborhood.
In the meantime, the U.S. is experiencing a troubling surge in covid-19 instances because the extremely infectious delta variant of the virus makes its method by means of the unvaccinated inhabitants. The seven-day common of latest instances within the U.S. is presently greater than 124,000 instances every day, the best since early February.
Hospitals in Mississippi and Texas are working out of ICU beds and the Governor of Texas has even requested hospitals on Monday to voluntarily delay non-emergency surgical procedures to make room for covid-19 sufferers. That governor, Greg Abbott, has been actively hostile to any measures to mitigate unfold of the virus.
Many anti-vaccine idiots insist that taking the covid-19 vaccine is all about private selections. However as loads of folks have identified, these private selections ripple by means of society. If you happen to reside in locations like Austin, Texas or Jackson, Mississippi, right here’s hoping you don’t want medical care this month. All these “private selections” by the unvaccinated are presently taking on life-saving beds.