On Thursday night, Wright shared a video unleashing her thoughts on COVID-19 vaccines which led to social media backlash.
Black Panther star Letitia Wright was under fire on Thursday night after sharing a controversial video on Twitter. In the clip which was originally posted on the YouTube channel On the Table, the safety of COVID-19 vaccines that are currently being developed was discussed.
For over an hour, in the video led by host Tomi Arayomi, he shared his personal doubts with vaccines and also spoke at length about the alleged origins of the COVID-19 vaccines. Beyond these topics, Arayomi also dug into climate change and the accusations of China spreading COVID-19, and made transphobic comments.
At one point Arayomi said, “These are the dangers of the world we’re entering into today, where if you say a thing enough times people will actually believe it’s true.”
Wright initially posted the video on her Twitter alongside a prayer hands emoji. Immediately after she shared it, social media users and fans began pushing back stating she shared anti-vaxxer views. There were also a bunch of tweets poking fun at Wright’s comments in the video.
That video Letitia Wright shared had transphobia in it on top of the anti-vaxx shit. Yeah, I’m cool on Small Axe and BP2 ✌🏿
— KE is in the Xmas Spirit ☺️ (@keincolor) December 4, 2020
letitia wright having the same intellect as summer walker was not on my 2020 bingo card
— sagittarius sissy (@KrisBeKnowin) December 4, 2020
Ryan Coogler re-writing the Black Panther script for the third time because Letitia Wright pic.twitter.com/C9q8fj6O0P
— thiccTurtles (@Thiccturtles_) December 4, 2020
shuri originally cured bucky with essential oils but marvel removed that scene
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) December 4, 2020
She responded to the backlash by tweeting, “if you don’t conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself… you get cancelled.”
Thinking for yourself doesn’t mean you’re right. And you aren’t cancelled. But damn. Promoting anti-vaccine propaganda and shrouding it in intellectual curiosity is asinine. And dangerous.
— roxane gay (@rgay) December 4, 2020
Wright later responded to a few mentions and expressed she wasn’t suggesting to not take the COVID-19 vaccine. She claimed she was “concerned about what’s in it.” She then shared, “I think it’s valid and fair to simply ask what’s in it.” Ultimately, she offered up an apology and took the video down from her Twitter profile. “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.”
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.
— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) December 4, 2020