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Fact Check-Quote rejecting COVID-19 testing misattributed to Morgan Freeman

Representatives for Academy award-winning actor Morgan Freeman confirmed a quote discouraging COVID-19 testing attributed to him is false.

A misleading Facebook post with over 27,000 shares reads, "STOP TAKING TESTS AND LIVE YOUR LIFE IF YOU'RE SICK STAY HOME IF YOU FEEL FINE, GO ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS. THIS HAS BEEN THE SYSTEM THAT WORKED FOR ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY UNTIL THE LAST TWO YEARS. TIME TO GO BACK TO IT" (here).

A similar post on Twitter is visible (here).

The fake Freeman quote was quickly identified (here) by some social media users. One user asked, "Why connect Morgan Freeman to this? He is a liberal that wouldn't have said any of this... as great as his voice is?" Others, however, were duped into believing the text and image represented Freeman's opinions. "Hear hear! Finally a breath of fresh air and sanity from Hollywood. Great advice, thank you Morgan Freeman!" (here)

Freeman, however, never made the statement circulating on social sites. A spokesperson for Freeman, Stan Rosenfield, confirmed to Reuters via email that the posts are a “total fabrication.”

Reuters was unable to find the origin of the quote.

Freeman has publicly participated in public service initiatives urging people to "trust the science" and to "get the vaccine.” Morgan Freeman's appearance in a PSA supporting vaccination efforts by The Creative Coalition is viewable on YouTube (here).

VERDICT

False. Quote urging the rejection of COVID-19 testing is misattributed to Morgan Freeman. Representatives for Freeman confirm the statement is fake.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here .

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