Actor Letitia Wright, who was berated by Marvel colleague Don Cheadle last year for sharing an anti-vaccination video, denied a new report that she was spreading anti-vaccine views on the set of “Black Panther 2.”
Wright responded Wednesday to an article in The Hollywood Reporter that quoted an anonymous source as saying she had “similar views” to the anti-vaccine video during the Atlanta production of the hit movie sequel, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
“I am saddened to have to respond to the reports published by The Hollywood Reporter on October 6, 2021,” Wright wrote. “The report talked about my behavior on the set of Black Panther 2. I honestly claim that this was not true at all.”
The trade publication described Wright as an “industry holdout” against the film industry’s urgency to have casts and crews vaccinated. Wright, along with Rob Schneider, are among numerous 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 my main focus is always to do work that is impactful and inspiring,” Wright added on her Instagram post, which featured religious writings . “That was and remains my sole focus.”
In December, Wright was given flak for posting (with prayer hands) a controversial video of self-proclaimed “prophet” Tomi Arayomi, a vaccine skeptic who said fear killed people, not COVID-19, and that natural antibodies should be enough to fight viruses. . Arayomi said he was banned from YouTube for a week.
“If you don’t abide by the popular opinions, but ask questions and think for yourself…. you will be canceled,” Wright tweeted at the time. She added that she only expressed 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, has reportedly parted ways with her entire US team of representatives following the controversy.