Sunday, April 21, 2024

“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:

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.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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