The plot of the movie “I am a legend” is now part of the anti-vax conspiracy theory

Some opponents of the COVID-19 vaccine have made Will Smith the star of their latest bizarre anti-vax theory.

A group of skeptics used Smith’s 2007 action film “I’m Legend” – in which an unsuccessful attempt to cure cancer triggers a zombie apocalypse – as their last excuse not to get stung.

At a Bronx eyewear store, owner John Bonizio, 63, says he encountered resistance from an employee who got hooked on the movie when he tried to convince staff to get the vax, the New York Times reported.

The employee didn’t even have a good grasp of the movie itself, mistakenly explaining to the owner that “a vaccine had turned the characters in the movie” I Am Legend “into zombies.”

In the movie, a genetically reprogrammed virus actually caused the zombie apocalypse.

One of the film’s writers – in response to ‘I Am Legend’ used to convince people not to get vaccinated – said, ‘Oh. My. God. It’s a film. I made it up.Alamy Stock Photo
Anti-vaccine protesters hold placards outside the Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Some believe anti-vaccines are using the film to bypass Facebook’s fact-check filters against disinformation.
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Yet the fictional plot continues to crop up in social media posts and message boards among anti-vaxxers who object to being shot.

Some believe they are citing the film so as not to be flagged by social media fact-check filters.

“It looks like the anti-vax propogandes are using a movie meme to evade Facebook’s fact-check filters?” “Wagner James Au wrote on Twitter. “This is apparently a movie, contains no mention of COVID and the text is in the image so the keyword ‘vaccination’ is not reported. But the damage was done all the same.

Anti-vaccine and anti-mask protesters gather in Union Square, Manhattan.
Anti-vaccine and anti-mask protesters gather in Union Square in Manhattan.
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One of the film’s writers tried to intervene to prevent anti-vaccines from quoting him.

“Oh. My.God. It’s a movie. I made that up. Sound. Not. Real,” co-writer Akiva Goldman wrote on Twitter.

Andrea G. Henderson