Despite playing a scientist in Black Panther, actress Letitia Wright is under fire for her stance on the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, new details claim Wright fired her U.S. public relations team after she faced backlash for the skepticism she expressed over COVID-19 vaccines. In December 2020, Wright made headlines after posting a video that questioned the vaccines.
But a new report from The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Wright has continued her anti-vaccine stance on the set of Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The reveal comes as Disney, the studio behind the Black Panther franchise, will begin enforcing its vaccination mandate “in a return-to-work agreement between AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers) and Hollywood’s unions.”
Last year, Wright apologized for sharing the video after initially saying, “If you don’t conform to popular opinions but ask questions and think for yourself….you get canceled.”
The controversial video also included climate change skepticism and transphobic comments, as noted by Variety. Wright was labeled as an anti-vaxxer but seemingly apologized once the heat got too thick.
“My intention was not to hurt anyone,” she said in a tweet captured by Indie Wire. “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.”
Now Wright has become a trending topic, with many making a mockery of her anti-vax stance.
letitia wright on the set of black panther 2: pic.twitter.com/kmUA6KKEft
— New Mutants News & Updates (@CINECOMICAL) October 6, 2021
Letitia Wright being an anti vaxxer playing Shuri who is a brilliant scientist and would probably have been the leading developer of a Covid vaccination … pic.twitter.com/BYw9aYHM4x
— teatime75 (@teatime75) October 6, 2021
One thing about Letitia Wright: she can tell you a thing or two about ACTING.
Letitia Wright as Shuri: I am an unparalleled genius who tirelessly seeks out ways to eradicate disease through technology.
Letitia Wright when technology works to eradicate disease: No.
— Mel (@thegates0fmel) October 6, 2021
Letitia Wright? More like Letitia Wrong
— Noah (@keldorjedii) October 6, 2021