Arnold Schwarzenegger is urging Americans to listen to medical experts who are vouching for the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, rather than believe online misinformation, saying, "If your house is on fire, you don’t go on YouTube."
The former GOP California governor and "Terminator" star posted a Facebook video of himself receiving a coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday. Calling it a "good day," Schwarzenegger said, "Come with me if you want to live!"
In response to comments from Facebook users about his video and doubts from skeptics about the safety of the vaccines, the 73-year-old bodybuilder-turned-movie star said people should "listen to the experts."
"If you want to learn about building biceps, listen to me, because I’ve spent my life studying how to get the perfect peak and I have been called the greatest bodybuilder of all time. We all have different specialties," Schwarzenegger wrote.
"Dr. [Anthony] Fauci and all of the virologists and epidemiologists and doctors have studied diseases and vaccines for their entire lives, so I listen to them and I urge you to do the same," he added of President Biden's top adviser on COVID-19.
"None of us are going to learn more than them by watching a few hours of videos," said Schwarzenegger. "It’s simple: if your house [is] on fire, you don’t go on YouTube, you call the damn fire department."
"In this case, virtually all of the real experts around the world are telling us the vaccine is safe and some people on Facebook are saying it isn’t. In general, I think if the circle of people you trust gets smaller and smaller and you find yourself more and more isolated, it should be a warning sign that you’re going down a rabbit hole of misinformation," Schwarzenegger told his more than 25 million Facebook followers.
"If you have a heart attack, you don’t check your Facebook group, you call an ambulance. If nine doctors tell you you have cancer and need to treat it or you will die, and one doctor says the cancer will disappear, you should always side with the nine."
"Some people say it is weak to listen to experts. That’s bogus. It takes strength to admit you don’t know everything," Schwarzenegger, who was governor from 2003 to 2011, said. "Weakness is thinking you don’t need expert advice and only listening to sources that confirm what you want to believe."