Letitia Wright Responds to Backlash After She Links to Coronavirus Anti-Vaccination Video

'Black Panther' star Letitia Wright has come under fire after she linked to a YouTube video that was highly skeptical of any potential coronavirus vaccines.

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Letitia Wright

Black Panther star Letitia Wright has come under fire after she linked to a YouTube video that was highly skeptical of any potential COVID-19 vaccines.

Wright, who recently appeared in Steve McQueen's critically acclaimed series Small Axe, shared the video on Thursday in a since-deleted tweet with a prayer hands emoji. The video shows On the Table host Tomi Arayomi expressing his lack of faith in a vaccine, which could begin rolling out in the U.K. as early as next week. "I don't know if I trust this vaccine," he said in the 70-minute clip. "Hope to God it doesn't make extra limbs grow."

Shortly after facing criticism for tweeting a link to the video, which also featured transphobic views expressed by Arayomi, Wright seemingly defended herself and began replying to people interacting with her. "If you don't conform to popular opinions but ask questions and think for yourself... you get cancelled," she tweeted alongside a laughing-crying emoji. 

You really out here believing false prophets and in the same breath talking about Lucifer and the Bible. LOL

No one is canceling you. Cancel culture isn’t real. You’re being rightfully confronted about spreading unintelligent discourse and falsehoods. Shame!

— valerie complex is not in Cannes (@ValerieComplex) December 4, 2020

On Friday, Wright appeared to backtrack on her comments somewhat and deleted the original tweet with the link to the video. "My intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with that the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies," she tweeted. "Nothing else."

Responses to the tweet pointed out how the host of the show even admitted he knows next to nothing about the vaccine, basing his comments on nothing more than speculation. "I don't understand vaccines medically," Arayomi says in the video, presenting no medical evidence to back up any concerns he has.

Me: -sees Letitia Wright is trending-
Me: is there a trailer for that space movie she and john boyega were supposed to do because that sounded cool
Me: -sees why Letitia Wright is trending-
Me: pic.twitter.com/UTT82IpStF

— ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ (@deerisms) December 4, 2020

When fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Don Cheadle was asked by fans for his thoughts on the situation, he called the video she shared "hot garbage." He added, "Every time I stopped and listened, he and everything he said sounded crazy and fkkkd up. I would never defend anybody posting this." Cheadle also expressed his concern over the transphobic comments made in the video, and indicated he would rather speak to Letitia Wright in person rather than confront her on Twitter.

Letitia Wright’s publicist right now pic.twitter.com/iAmFrJVJTV

— Mitchell Beaupre (@itismitchell) December 4, 2020

Check out Twitter responses to Wright below.

Me, looking at whats trending: oh, why is Letitia Wright, Shuri, and Black Panther 2 trending?
Me, after looking: pic.twitter.com/EWphYQDflo

— 👉😎👉 (@Scoobert0) December 4, 2020

Letitia Wright is an anti-vaxxer pic.twitter.com/accCcNyhlq

— nebula should have killed thanos (@gwenstacying) December 4, 2020

Letitia Wright doubles down on the COVID anti-vaccine bozo stuff then likes a tweet calling for the end of a franchise that was about to put her front and center. Never a dull moment in showbiz. pic.twitter.com/kuW91ENSma

— Brian Haley (@brianchaley) December 4, 2020

After posting an Anti-Vax video Letitia Wright likes a comment calling to cancel Black Panther 2 🥺😥... pic.twitter.com/KjZHSBfSZT

— 3C Films (@3CFilm) December 4, 2020

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