“Black Panther” star Letitia Wright, who has a history of anti-vaccine pronouncements, found the spotlight again this week with ideas that were quickly criticized by scientists and fellow entertainers.
Wright, 27, shared a video Thursday by a self-described “prophet” who advanced the notion of the vaccine injection implanting 5G antennas inside people. Wright’s tweet included no words; only a praying-hands emoji with the video rife with commentary from Tomi Arayomi.
Arayomi has said he talks with angels and describes himself as a well-recognized “Prophet and the Managing Director of Prophetic Voice TV.”
The British actress initially responded to criticism with: “If you don’t conform to popular opinions, but ask questions and think for yourself … you get cancelled.”
And later, another follow-up: “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.”
Wright’s Marvel co-star Don Cheadle initially sought to support Wright, but he was not terribly accepting of the video’s content.
He tweeted: “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.”
If nothing else, the original post stirred Twitter debate.
Cancer researcher Dr. David Grimes wrote, “Hi – the safety & efficacy of vaccination is not an opinion, it is a fact. The evidence for this is simply overwhelming. Anti-vaccine propaganda, by contrast, is a litany of obvious falsehoods.
“Endorsing such fictions is the polar opposite of critical thought.”
Actor and musician Alex Sawyer wrote, “This is a frustratingly irresponsible use of a platform.”