Conspiracy theories are by no means unique to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the growing amount of disinformation around the vaccine continues to have real-world consequences. Last night on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert’s monologue addressed some of the more outlandish theories.
Colbert has spent years countering conspiracy theories. Most of these related to former President Donald Trump, the Russia investigation, and the 2020 election. Viewers flocked to The Late Show to hear Colbert debunk absurd theory after absurd theory.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a new batch of conspiracies. First, it was all about where the virus originated. Then, attention shifted to how the pandemic was a cover for election fraud. Now, conspiracy theorists cast doubt on the vaccine.
It prompted The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to debut a new segment: “Disinformation Station.” Colbert addressed some of the fake news around the vaccine, including the very bizarre theory based on the 2007 Will Smith movie I Am Legend.
Stephen Colbert reacts to chimpanzee and I Am Legend vaccine conspiracies
First up, Colbert took on a report that a Russian disinformation network was banned from Facebook for spreading lies that the vaccine turned people into chimpanzees. It seems like no conspiracy theory segment on The Late Show is complete without mention of the Russians.
But perhaps the most outlandish conspiracy theory involves the post-apocalyptic movie I Am Legend. Colbert cites a story reporting that a woman believed that a vaccine was responsible for the zombies that terrorized Will Smith. The Late Show host points out that this is wrong for multiple reasons since, A. it’s a science-fiction movie and B. the plot did not involve vaccines. As Colbert put it, “I don’t think she has anything to worry about because she clearly doesn’t have any brains.”
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that “Disinformation Station” will be a one-off segment. Conspiracy theories continue to appear and evolve. The Late Show will have their work cut out for them.
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