Actress Letitia Wright, who was berated by Marvel co-star Don Cheadle for sharing an anti-vaccine video last year, has denied a new report that she aired anti-vaccine opinions on set of “Black Panther 2”.
Wright responded to a Hollywood Reporter article Wednesday citing an anonymous source who said she “held similar views” to the anti-vaccine video during the Atlanta production of the hit film sequel, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever “.
“It saddens me to have to address the reports released by The Hollywood Reporter on October 6, 2021,” Wright wrote. “The report was about my conduct on the set of Black Panther 2. I honestly say that was completely wrong.”
The trade publication described Wright as an “industry lag” against the film industry’s urgency to vaccinate cast and crew. Wright, along with Rob Schneider, is among many artists 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 and that my main focus is always to do impactful and inspiring work,” Wright added on his Instagram post, which included religious scriptures. “This has been and will continue to be my sole focus. “
In December, Wright was criticized for posting (with prayerful hands) a controversial video of self-proclaimed ‘prophet’ Tomi Arayomi, a vaccine skeptic who said fear kills people, not COVID-19, and that natural antibodies should be enough to fight viruses. Arayomi said he was suspended from YouTube for a week.
“If you don’t follow popular opinions but ask questions and think for yourself… you’re canceled,” Wright tweeted at the time. She added that she was only raising concerns about the vaccine.
“Avengers: Endgame” co-star Don Cheadle called the clip “hot trash” and “fkkkd up.” Another actor, Alex Sawyer, berated Wright’s “irresponsible and frustrating use of a platform”.
Wright, who is British, is said to have parted ways with his entire team of US representatives after the controversy.