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Actor Ryan Reynolds appears to be at least half-vaxxed, according to a tweet he posted Wednesday morning.
Finally got 5G. pic.twitter.com/PeLs2s8DOC
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 31, 2021
“Finally got 5G,” he wrote in the caption, poking fun at conspiracy theorists who falsely believe high-speed internet causes cancer, and anti-vaxxers who falsely believe the vaccine contains a microchip.
The 5G conspiracy theory has been gaining steam for years, but has become increasingly popular during the pandemic.
In general, believers say 5G, the next generation of cellular infrastructure, produces harmful radiation that hurts human health. As Business Insider’s Isabella Jibilian wrote, unsupported theories include the false belief that the technology damages trees, weakens the immune system, or is being used by Bill Gates brainwash Americans.
During the pandemic, some social media posts falsely claimed that COVID-19 is a cover-up for 5G-related ailments and 5G fueled the virus’s spread. The COVID-19 vaccine has been targeted by 5G conspiracy theorists too, with false rumors claiming it contains a “hidden” microchip.
Reynolds’ simple post seems to get at the ridiculousness of it all. With more than 17 million Twitter followers, he can help undermine these false claims.
Early in the pandemic, Reynolds and his wife, actress Blake Lively, donated $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. “Take care of your bodies and hearts. Leave room for joy,” the Canadian “Deadpool” star wrote when announcing the donation last March. “Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection.”
According to “E! News,” the couple also donated $100,000 to each of the four New York hospitals that were hit hardest.