Actor Morgan believes people trust him and he’s leveraging their belief in him to push the public to get vaccinated, but some critics are not convinced.
“If you trust me, you’ll get the vaccine,” the actor told viewers in a public service announcement from nonprofit arts advocacy group Creative Coalition. He has portrayed earnest and influential characters throughout his storied career, from detectives and judges, to senators and presidents.
“I’m not a doctor, but I trust science, and I’m told that, for some reason, people trust me,” said Freeman, who in addition to playing God in “Bruce Almighty,” and Nelson Mandela in “Invictus,” often uses his deep, authoritative tone to voice documentaries.
“So here I am to say, I trust science and I got the vaccine,” he continued. “If you trust me, you’ll get the vaccine. In math, it’s called the 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?”
But commentators on the YouTube video didn’t seem convinced by Freeman’s plea, clearly able to identify that the man is an actor who was hired to play a famed fictional character, Dr. Alex Cross, and not an actual doctor himself.
“Never trust anyone that says “trust me,” wrote one replier. “I trust that you are a good actor. That’s about it.”
“The pharmaceutical industry uses actors, actresses, sports figures, and affluent people to influence their followers,” said another. “It is a crying shame that fans wouldn’t question or think critically for themselves, after all, that’s why we have a brain, so we can think for ourselves before trusting what these people say to us.”
“Morgan Freeman’s a great actor,” posted a Twitter user. “Unfortunately, there’s not an actor in the world that can give ten-year safety data on your experimental technology, so I don’t care who you pay to beg me to get one. I’m not.”
“I’m Morgan Freeman and I got paid a lot to do this. Trust me,” a commenter aptly concluded.