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‘Black Panther’ star Letitia Wright draws flak over alleged anti-vaccine issue

/ 06:44 PM December 04, 2020
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Letitia Wright at an event for “Avengers: Infinity War” in April 2018, in London (Image: AFP/Anthony Harvey)

“Black Panther” star Letitia Wright has drawn flak on Twitter for posting a link to a YouTube video questioning the safety of vaccines, especially the coming COVID-19 vaccine.

Wright has been accused by netizens of sharing misinformation and for having anti-vaccine sentiments for posting the said video to her over 367,000 followers earlier today, Dec. 4.

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Netizens and internet personalities alike have since flocked to Wright’s tweet to call her out. For one, actor Alex Sawyer replied to Wright’s tweet saying, “This is a frustratingly irresponsible use of a platform.”

“How so? Did you listen to it fully or jump to conclusions on how I use my platform?” Wright then answered back.

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One Jeff Rothman, who has the handle @amazingjr87, urged Wright to “reconsider your stance on this matter.”

“The concerns re: any vaccine are understandable, but we must work as a team, take this vaccine & put this pandemic behind us for good. I sincerely hope u understand what I’m trying to say here & please reconsider your stance on this matter. You’re making people upset,” he said.

“[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?” Wright replied.

Famous viral immunologist Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, meanwhile, responded to Wright’s reply, urging her to “just ask” experts as it is dangerous for a celebrity like her to share unverified content.

“You should just ask. I’m right here. Gurl, just ask. Please. With a platform as large as yours unvetted videos with untruths are very dangerous. I get the concerns but we need to be responsible in info dissemination. Please just ask someone who knows,” she stressed.

Corbett leads the National Institutes of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine development team.

Evan Hadfield, son of famous astronaut Chris Hadfield and star of their YouTube series “Rare Earth,” meanwhile, resorted to sarcasm to slam Wright’s action.

“I for one am proud of you, it takes guts to go on the internet and blast to millions that you intend to kill people because you think doctors know less about medicine than my one weird aunt,” he quipped.

“[If] you don’t conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself….you get cancelled,” Wright tweeted around an hour later.

The said video Wright posted was made by the YouTube channel On The Table titled “COVID-19 VACCINE, SHOULD WE TAKE IT?”  /ra

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