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Black Panther Star Letitia Wright Slammed For Alleged Anti-Vaccine Tweets

Comic Debut Marvel's Shuri, Letitia Wright anti vaccine tweets

Letitia Wright, star of Marvel’s Black Pantheris drawing widespread flak online for promoting an alleged anti-vaccine stance on Twitter. The 27-year-old who plays Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe had reportedly shared a video questioning the capability of the potential COVID-19 vaccine. The tweet, now deleted, was followed by a series of others where Wright was seen defending her opinions, which fans deemed “anti-vaxxer.” Don Cheadle, Wright’s co-star from the Marvel series, also criticised her views.

On December 3, Wright shared a YouTube video by channel On The Table, which was titled ‘COVID-19 VACCINE, SHOULD WE TAKE IT?’ Fans raised questions over the content of the video, in which British presenter Tomi Arayomi said, “I don’t understand vaccines medically, but I’ve always been a little bit of a skeptic of them.” Wright’s tweet, along with the video, included a praying hands emoji. It now stands deleted.

Letitia Wright controversy

Source: The Wrap

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Letitia Wright Responds To Criticism

The “anti-vax” stance is popularly used to dub the conspiracy theory some peddle about the effectiveness of vaccines, in this situation, the vaccine for the coronavirus. As virus cases surge, several vaccines are being developed at the moment, with some even nearing clearance. We recently reported that the UK has green-lighted the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, with the public to get shots from next week. The Oxford vaccine, meanwhile, could reportedly be made available by April 2021.

Amidst these developments, already surrounded by heightened fears of the virus, fans are calling Wright’s opinions “irresponsible.” She responded to the backlash with the following tweet:

https://twitter.com/letitiawright/status/1334683767659782150

She went on to make a few other responses:

https://twitter.com/letitiawright/status/1334690981728444418

https://twitter.com/letitiawright/status/1334733413195145217

https://twitter.com/letitiawright/status/1334691832815562754

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Don Cheadle Reacts To Wright’s “Anti-Vax” Tweets

Wright’s Marvel co-star Don Cheadle, known for playing the character of War Machine, hasn’t held back on responding to her “anti-vax” tweets. Calling the discussion and YouTube video “hot garbage,” he maintained that he wouldn’t “defend anybody posting this.” However, he also said that he wouldn’t “cancel” Wright over her tweet, as several on social media seem to be doing, and would instead take it up with her “off Twitter.”

https://twitter.com/DonCheadle/status/1334736415884656641