The 2007 film, starring Will Smith, tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world in which a deadly virus, created by accident by scientists in an attempt to modify the measles virus to cure cancer, killed 99% of the population. people and turned the rest into bloodthirsty creatures.
Smith’s protagonist plays a virologist who, living in a deserted Manhattan, works to create a cure for people infected with the virus.
Meanwhile, unsupported posts and memes have been circulating on social media for several months, according to which such a fate will be shared by people who get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Some of this content has been marked by Facebook as disinforming, the BBC noted.
Last week, the New York Times reported that an owner of an optician in New York tried to persuade his employees to get vaccinated, but “one employee said she was afraid to do so because in I Am Legend, the vaccine changed people.” in zombies “.
In response to this article, co-writer Akiva Goldsman tweeted: “Oh my. God. I made it up. It. No. It is. True.”
“I am a legend” is next to m.in. “Human Children” and “The Matrix” are films used by anti-vaccines to spread false information.