Black Panther's Letitia Wright receives backlash for sharing an anti-vaccination video
4 December 2020, 14:32 | Updated: 4 December 2020, 14:46
Letitia's Avengers co-star Don Cheadle has blasted her for sharing the video.
Letitia Wright is receiving backlash for sharing an anti-vaccination video on Twitter.
The video was from an episode of YouTube panel series On the Table. Presenter Tomi Arayomi claimed that the number of coronavirus-related deaths had been inflated to keep people in fear and disputed the safety of the new coronavirus vaccine, and the safety of vaccines in general.
"I don't understand vaccines medically, but I’ve always been a little bit of a skeptic of them," he said. Tomi (who is not a doctor and has not got a medical background) also made transphobic comments in the video.
On Friday (Dec 4), the Black Panther actress shared a link to the video on Twitter alongside the praying hands emoji. The tweet now appears to have been deleted. Letitia was immediately met with backlash for the post and her name started trending on Twitter.
Me: -sees Letitia Wright is trending-— 🦌deerisms🦌 (@deerisms) December 4, 2020
Me: is there a trailer for that space movie she and john boyega were supposed to do because that sounded cool
Me: -sees why Letitia Wright is trending-
"Letitia Wright is trending"— Luthien (@LuthienDior) December 4, 2020
Me: Oh they might have announce Black Panther 2 and Shuri might be taking the BP mantle. Great!
After seeing why she is trending: anti-vaxxer and liked a tweet saying to cancel BP2..
*sees Letitia Wright trending*— Alecia Smith (@the_a_bomb94) December 4, 2020
OMG IS SHE OK?
*sees she’s alive*
Oh whew she’s ok
*sees why she’s trending*
No. No she is not ok 🤦🏾♀️ pic.twitter.com/d8lQ37XVD0
Letitia Wright? More like Letitia Wrong pic.twitter.com/aPq9ShweQO— Borkeye 🏹🐶 (@bork_21) December 4, 2020
Me, looking at whats trending: oh, why is Letitia Wright, Shuri, and Black Panther 2 trending?— 👉💀👉 (@Scoobert0) December 4, 2020
Me, after looking: pic.twitter.com/EWphYQDflo
Letitia Wright is an anti-vaxxer pic.twitter.com/accCcNyhlq— nebula should have killed thanos (@gwenstacying) December 4, 2020
Trashy to be spreading this kind of misinformation then got the nerve to like a post that says to cancel Black Panther 2. Just make a statement and say you quit the movies so we can all move on and like someone who is grateful for such a role #ByeLetitia— noelle (@noellej20) December 4, 2020
In response to the criticism, Letitia tweeted: "If you don’t conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself....you get cancelled." She then clapped back at multiple people beneath her tweet who called her out for "spreading misinformation".
One fan urged her to back up her questioning with actual scientific evidence. She replied: "Totally respect what you are saying here. I’ve also heard from medically qualified doctors who got their articles and videos taken down. Am I still wrong to question whats going on?"
And when some tried to explain what "luciferase" is (an ingredient allegedly included in the vaccine) to her (it's a "generic term for the class of oxidative enzymes that produce bioluminescence, and is usually distinguished from a photoprotein") she replied: "The name Lucifer is an interesting choice *opens bible*."
Don Cheadle has now called out his Avengers: Endgame co-star on Twitter. In a now-deleted tweet, he quote-tweeted Letitia, and said: "Bye Letitia."
A Twitter user instructed Don to read up on the content of the video, and he replied: "I will. but even if it rankles me there’s no way i’m throwing her in the dustbin."
People also urged Don to publicly call out Letitia over the transphobic content in the video, and he tweeted: "If she went transphobe, fire away. but i’ll personally take it to her if she said something crazy. not to twitter. that’s how i do it with friends and how i hope they do it with me if i fkkk up. trying to find it now."
After reading up on it, he added: "Jesus… just scrolled through. hot garbage. every time i stopped and listened, he and everything he said sounded crazy and fkkkd up. 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."
i'm not. if she went transphobe, fire away. but i'll personally take it to her if she said something crazy. not to twitter. that's how i do it with friends and how i hope they do it with me if i fkkk up. trying to find it now. https://t.co/hV7NGNjxff— Don "bruh, you lost" Cheadle (@DonCheadle) December 4, 2020
jesus... just scrolled through. hot garbage. every time i stopped and listened, he and everything he said sounded crazy and fkkkd up. 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. https://t.co/7uDlP1xwDL— Don "bruh, you lost" Cheadle (@DonCheadle) December 4, 2020
Letitia has now clarified her reasoning for posting the video in another tweet. She said: "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."