Move over, Jenny McCarthy and MIA -- yet another celebrity has come out with some seriously alarming views on vaccine safety. Letitia Wright, the actress behind Black Panther's Shuri, found herself in hot water after tweeting and deleting a conspiracy-laden anti-vaccine video, a disappointing development coming from the MCU's beloved little sister and female STEM genius. Ugh.
Shortly after Wright shared the hour-long video, which casts doubt on the safety of the Covid-19 vaccines, questions climate change, and features a handful of transphobic comments, the actress proceeded to fight several fans who criticized her for sharing misleading content to her platform of more than 367,000 followers.
One notable critic? Wright's Avengers: Endgame costar, Don Cheadle. The acclaimed actor critiqued the original post, comparing the conspiratorial video to trash. "Jesus... just scrolled through. hot garbage. every time i stopped and listened, he and everything he said sounded crazy and fkkkd up," he replied to a fan informing him of Wright's tweet after initially defending her. "i would never defend anybody posting this. but i still won't throw her away over it. the rest i'll take off twitter. had no idea."
Thursday night, Wright, who some speculate may follow in Chadwick Boseman's footsteps as the new Black Panther following his death last August, posted a tweet responding to the backlash, saying "if you don't conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself .... you get cancelled."
However, by Friday morning, the actress seemed to change her approach, issuing a clarification on Twitter "My intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies. Nothing else," the actress wrote in a statement which seemingly mirrors anti-vaxxer rhetoric.
With the approval of an effective Covid-19 vaccine on the horizon, which could finally bring this damn pandemic to an end, Wright's comments as a beloved actress and member of the MCU are devastating. Come on, Shuri! You're supposed to be a STEM genius. To quote Twitter user @ZeroSuitBae, "like girl we were ALL rooting for you." Ugh.
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