“Black Panther” Star Letitia Wright Throws Marvel Sequel into Turmoil After Backing Anti-Vaxxer Video, Deletes Twitter Account
Disney- Marvel was already in chaos over the “Black Panther” sequel with the untimely death of star Chadwick Boseman.
Now they’re really in turmoil over Letitia Wright, who played Boseman’s sister in the movie and was touted as taking over as Queen of Wakanda.
Wright is now embroiled in a huge controversy after she back an anti-vaccine video on YouTube. Things are so bad she’s removed all the content from her Twitter account, just leaving her header but all messages wiped out.
The video Wright posted about a corona virus vaccine was so wrong that her Marvel co-star Don Cheadle posted on Twitter: ” jesus… just scrolled through. hot garbage. every time i stopped and listened, he and everything he said sounded crazy and fkkkd up. i would never defend anybody posting this. but i still won’t throw her away over it. the rest i’ll take off twitter. had no idea.”
Wright tried to defend her post saying: “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. Nothing else.”
The 69 minute video Wright Tweeted has since been deleted by YouTube. It came from “influencer” Tomi Arayomi, described as a senior leader with Light London Church and speaker. Arayomi questions the legitimacy of the COVID-19 vaccination, appears skeptical of climate change, accuses China of spreading COVID-19, and to top it off, makes transphobic comments.
Arayomi said he hoped the vaccine wouldn’t “make extra limbs grow.” The transphobic comments were clipped on Twitter:
So did you see this portion of the video and still think it was a wise idea to share this video. pic.twitter.com/YuwJ96JT3o
— Stern Ritter "B" (@803BG) December 4, 2020
For Marvel and Disney, Wright’s stupidity here may have a ripple effect that will cost the company and the actress hundreds of millions of dollars and headaches. In this world of swift social media response, there’s already a “cancel” call out for her. The fact that she’s already removed her entire Twitter account is evidence that Disney has already taken over the management of this crisis.
PS Now I see why Disney so rudely refused to allow any press at their NY cast screening of “Black Panther.” It was photo ops only.