“Black Panther” star Letitia Wright appears to have deleted her social media accounts amid backlash for questioning the safety of the forthcoming COVID-19 vaccines. The 27-year-old actor came under fire on Thursday after she shared a link to a video in which the presenter, Tomi Arayomi, expressed skepticism of the vaccines.
“I don’t understand vaccines medically, but I’ve always been a little bit of a skeptic of them,” Arayomi said, according to Page Six.
“We can just get that [the vaccine] out there and hope it doesn’t make extra limbs grow, hope to God you don’t develop children that have 11 fingers and 12 toes, we are hoping for the best,” Arayomi later added. “We have seen vaccines do damage before.”
At first, Wright tried to defend herself from critics who were calling for her to be canceled.
“If you don’t conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself….you get cancelled,” she tweeted in response to the backlash, but she was only met with more heat.
“‘Popular opinions’ you mean scientific evidence?” one Twitter user replied.
“So, you’ll take something you haven’t 100% looked into?” Wright hit back. She then offered an explanation for sharing the video.
“My intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies,” she tweeted. “Nothing else.”
It is unclear when Wright deactivated her social media accounts, but as of Monday, she no longer appeared on Twitter or Instagram.