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Letitia Wright Responds To ‘Black Panther 2’ Anti-Vax Report: “Completely Untrue”

Letitia Wright faced backlash last year for a tweet we she shared a video from someone questioning the legitimacy of the covid-19 vaccine.

Letitia Wright is reportedly still continuing her anti-vaccine stance, even while being on the set of the second Black Panther movie.

The Hollywood Reporter released a story on October 6 about the movie industry’s divided response to the covid-19 vaccine, and the challenges of keeping cast and crew safe while dealing with the effects positive cases are having on productions. The report alleged that Wright — who faced backlash last year for sharing anti-vaccine views on social media last year — is sharing her skepticism against the vaccine on the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever set, stating: “a set source says she has espoused similar views about the COVID-19 vaccines on the Atlanta production.”

The report noted that Disney is implementing a mandate where cast and crew will be required to display physical proof of covid-19 vaccination while on set, while high-profile actors in “Zone A” — actors who cannot wear masks because of shooting constraints — will wear a wristband. The mandate is a part of a return-to-work deal between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, and several Hollywood trade unions.

On Tuesday (October 13), Wright addressed the Reporter story on her Instagram account, stating that her on set conduct described in the report was “completely untrue.”

“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me, knows that I work incredibly hard at my craft & my main focus is always to do work that’s impactful and inspiring,” she wrote in the caption for the post. “That has been & will continue to be my only focus.”

Last year, Wright was criticized for sharing a video from Light London Church leader and author Tomi Arayomi, where he questioned the legitimacy of the covid-19 vaccine. Initially, Wright had responded to the backlash by posting: “If you don’t conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself….you get cancelled.”

However, as the criticism continued, the actor took to Twitter to offer another response, writing: “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.”

Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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