Black Panther and Small Axe actress Letitia Wright has deleted both her Instagram and Twitter accounts after facing backlash for sharing a video that questioned the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Twitter, no account pops up when searching for the handle @letitiawright, and a “Sorry, this page isn’t available” message appears when searching for her account on Instagram.
The actress tweeted the video on Thursday, Nov. 3, from the YouTube channel “On the Table.” The video showed host Tomi Arayomi criticizing vaccines based on unsubstantiated claims, as well as expressing skepticism on climate change, accusing China of spreading the virus, and making transphobic comments.
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Wright’s tweet was deleted after many social media users, including fellow actors, pushed back.
Marvel star Don Cheadle responded to her post by writing: “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.”
The Guyanese-British actress initially defended her post by tweeting: “If you don’t conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself….you get cancelled.”
Podcast comedian and Twitter user @rodimusprime called on fellow Marvel actors to help protect Wright’s reputation, such as they did with Chris Pratt. Twitter users “canceled” the Avengers actor after he did not attend a Joe Biden fundraiser with his co-stars, fueling speculation he is a Trump supporter.
The comedian tweeted: “I need all the Avengers actors who defended Chris Pratt to defend Letitia Wright on GP. Black actors who are harmful deserve the same energy and job protections.”
Another Twitter user agreed: “Listen, letitia wright definitely deserves backlash for being anti-vax and transphobic, but i can’t help but wish that the marvel cast had the same energy for chris pratt like they do letitia”.
Twitter user @RiversThean expressed being upset over Wright’s post on Friday: “#LetitiaWright you were the chosen one! You were supposed to destroy the hoteps, not join them!”
Before deleting her account, Wright responded on Twitter with a statement on Friday: “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.”