Letitia Wright Denies Spreading Anti-Vaccine Claims on Black Panther 2 Set

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Gizmodo 14 October, 2021 - 01:15pm

Wright responded Wednesday to an article in The Hollywood Reporter quoting an anonymous source who said she “espoused similar views” to the anti-vaccine video during the Atlanta production of the hit film’s sequel, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

“It saddens me to have to address the reports published by The Hollywood Reporter on October 6th 2021,” Wright wrote.“The report spoke about my conduct on the set of black Panther 2. I honestly assert that this was completely untrue.”

The trade publication described Wright as an “industry holdout” against the film industry’s urgency to get casts and crews inoculated. Wright, along with Rob Schneider, are among the numerous performers who have “shared anti-vaccine positions on social media,” the outlet reported.

“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,” Wright added on her Instagram post, which included religious scripture. “That has been & will continue to be my only focus.”

In December, Wright caught flak for posting (with prayer hands) a controversial video by self-described “prophet” Tomi Arayomi, a vaccine skeptic who said that fear was killing people, not COVID-19, and that natural antibodies should be enough to combat viruses. Arayomi said he was suspended from YouTube for a week.

“If you don’t conform to popular opinions but ask questions and think for yourself....you get cancelled,” Wright tweeted at the time. She added that she was merely raising concerns about the vaccine.

“Avengers: Endgame” co-star Don Cheadle called the clip “hot garbage” and “fkkkd up.” Another actor, Alex Sawyer, chided Wright’s “frustratingly irresponsible use of a platform.”

Wright, who is British, reportedly parted with her entire U.S. team of representatives after the controversy.

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Letitia Wright Responds To Rumors Of Antivax Support

We Got This Covered 14 October, 2021 - 08:10pm

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the Black Panther actress addressed a recent report by The Hollywood Reporter, in which the magazine's source alleged she "espoused [antagonistic] views about the COVID-19 vaccines on the Atlanta production" of the upcoming sequel.

The report also stated, "The British actress quietly parted ways with her entire U.S. team of representatives in the wake of a backlash over posting a controversial anti-vaccine video in December."

The video she retweeted in December featured YouTube's On the Table host Tomi Arayomi, who questioned the efficacy of vaccines, particularly the coronavirus vaccines. Wright captioned the clip with a prayer emoji, seemingly endorsing Arayomi's statements.

However, Wright denied speaking about her beliefs on the Black Panther set. "I honestly assert that this was completely untrue," she wrote on Instagram. "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. That has been & will continue to be my only focus."

Following THR's publication of the article, many Marvel fans poked fun at the situation. One person joked, "not letitia wright spreading the antivax agenda on black panther set when the wakandans would've been the first population to make the vaccine."

Wright similarly faced backlash when she posted the video in December. At the time, she addressed the criticism in a since-deleted tweet, writing, "if you don't conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself....you get cancelled."

When one Twitter user told the actress she was disappointing her fans, Wright replied, "not my intention to make anyone upset Nor am I saying don't take it. I'm just concerned about what's in it that's all. Isn't that fair to question or ask?"

Her followers implored her to do further research about the vaccine before speaking out, but Letitia stated, "[I] still have a right to worry about how my body will react. It's not lazy, it's thinking for myself."

Marvel star Don Cheadle also expressed disappointment with Letitia's remarks, replying to her tweet, "bye, letitia." 

He later stated that he was merely joking, explaining he was "jabbing at her for her tweet rhyming letitia with felicia." Cheadle then added that the video she shared was "hot garbage."

"every time i stopped and listened, he and everything he said sounded crazy and fkkkd up," Cheadle said of Arayomi's video. "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."

It appears that Wright has since deleted her Twitter account. 

Following the controversy, Wright went on to film the Black Panther sequel this summer, though she sustained a minor injury during production.

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Letitia Wright denies report she spread anti-vaccination views on 'Black Panther 2' set

NBC News 14 October, 2021 - 08:10pm

Last week, The Hollywood Reporter alleged that Wright was sharing her views about the vaccines in Atlanta on the set of the highly anticipated superhero sequel. Wright denied the report, which cited an unnamed source, in a statement Wednesday on Instagram.

“I honestly assert that this was completely untrue,” she wrote. “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. That has been & will continue to be my only focus.”

Wright, who plays the character of Shuri in the Marvel universe of films, faced backlash in December when she posted a video on Twitter that made unsubstantiated claims about Covid vaccines.

The video included a long monologue by Tomi Arayomi, the founder of a Christian ministry, who questioned the contents of the vaccines but did not provide evidence for his claims.

Critics at the time characterized Wright as reckless for sharing the content, including fellow Marvel franchise star Don Cheadle. Cheadle called the video "hot garbage," adding that he would “never defend anybody posting this.”

Wright did not respond to a request for comment in December, but she tweeted in defense of herself, saying her only intention was to raise “my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies.”

The Hollywood Reporter article last week renewed the criticism of Wright, with some people bringing up the irony of her spreading anti-vaccination views when her “Black Panther” character is a respected scientist in the film franchise.

Fans have also speculated whether Wright will wear the “Black Panther” suit following the death of Chadwick Boseman, who played the title character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Shuri, princess of the fictional country of Wakanda, has taken on the superhero mantle in the comic books.

Representatives for Marvel did not immediately respond to a request for comment

Letitia Wright denies airing anti-vaccine views on Black Panther 2 set

BBC News 14 October, 2021 - 08:10pm

The British star, who plays Shuri in the Marvel films, said the story was "completely untrue".

In December, she was criticised for sharing a video making unsubstantiated claims about Covid-19 vaccine safety.

The Hollywood Reporter recently claimed she expressed similar views on the set of Black Panther 2 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The sequel to the record-breaking 2018 superhero movie was partly filmed in the city this summer and is due for release next summer.

Wright, 27, who was nominated for a Bafta TV Award earlier this year, responded to the report on Instagram.

"God bless you all. It saddens me to have to address the reports published by The Hollywood Reporter on October 6th 2021," she wrote.

"The report spoke about my conduct on the set of black Panther 2. I honestly assert that this 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. That has been & will continue to be my only focus.

"I will continue to hold onto God's hands, and onto the scripture of Isaiah 54:17. I continue to focus on my healing. Thank you for your prayers. And I continue to pray for God's love, peace & joy for you all. God bless you. Letitia."

The post was accompanied by a photo of a suit of armour and a quote from Isaiah 54:17: "Weapons made to attack you won't be successful; words spoken against you won't hurt at all."

Late last year, she become embroiled in a controversy after posting a link to a video whose host said people taking the vaccines would have to "hope it doesn't make extra limbs grow".

After being criticised on Twitter, she said she wasn't against vaccines but it was important to "ask questions".

She explained: "It is not my intention to make anyone upset, nor am I saying don't take it. I'm just concerned about what's in it that's all. Isn't that fair to question?"

She added: "If you don't conform to popular opinions, but ask questions and think for yourself... you get cancelled."

The vaccine debate is currently "dividing Hollywood", The Hollywood Reporter said, with the decision about whether to make vaccination obligatory on film sets left up to studios and producers.

The industry publication said Disney, which owns Marvel, is introducing a system this month where people in a production's main zone who have been vaccinated will wear a yellow wristband, and those who have not will not have one.

In July, Netflix said it was making vaccinations mandatory for people working in that zone on its TV and film sets.

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Letitia Wright Returns To Social Media To Set The Record Straight About Spreading Anti-Vaxx Beliefs While On Set ‘Black Panther 2’

Yahoo Lifestyle 14 October, 2021 - 08:10pm

Black Panther actress Letitia Wright sent twitter into a heated tailspin back in December of last year after she reposted a video from British Youtuber Tomi Arayomi addressing people’s qualms with the COVID-19 vaccine. The video, which has since been deleted, was also jarring for fans because it included some of Arayomi’s controversial takes about climate change in addition to his transphobic and xenophobic comments about China allegedly spreading COVID-19.

Now, rumors have stirred that the Small Axe star has been spreading her anti-vaxx beliefs while on set filming Black Panther’s highly anticipated sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Wright swiftly deleted all of her social media last year after she received a ton of backlash from her anti-vaxx blunder. However, on Oct. 12, the Primetime Emmy nominee made her return to social media where she denied The Hollywood Reporter’s claims.

“God bless you all. It saddens me to have to address the reports published by The Hollywood Reporter on October 6th 2021,” she captioned a photo of a bible scripture quote.

“The report spoke about my conduct on the set of black Panther 2. I honestly assert that this was completely untrue,” she continued. “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. That has been & will continue to be my only focus. I will continue to hold onto Gods hands, and onto the scripture of Isaiah 54:17. I continue to focus on my healing. Thank you for your prayers. And I continue to pray for Gods love, peace & joy for you all. God bless you. Letitia.”

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Wright certainly isn’t the only celeb that has voiced their concern with the COVID-19 vaccine. Boxing champ Laila Ali got herself into a jam with social media watchdogs who accused the athlete of spreading misinformation about the vaccine back in August.

“People don’t seem to understand that just b/c some folks don’t wear masks, don’t want the shot, don’t listen to the media or live in fear…it doesn’t mean they don’t ‘believe’ the virus is real or think they can’t get it! They know it was created to harm humanity!” the 43-year-old athlete wrote on Instagram at the time.

“They simply choose to build up & trust their own immune system like they have been doing all their life. If they get it, they will deal with it!! It’s a God-given choice. I know, this kind of faith is impossible for some to comprehend. But lean not on your own understanding,” Ali added.

Fans and critics slammed Nicki Minaj in September for making a few bewildering claims that her cousin had become impotent from receiving the vaccine.

Celebrities have huge platforms and while they are entitled to their own opinions, their voices matter to a lot of people, including their fanbase. They can’t control what their fans do, obviously, but that doesn’t mean that their opinions don’t influence people, especially the younger generation who often look up to celebs and mirror their every move. Sometimes things are just better left unsaid, especially if you happen to be a person with star power.

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