Letitia Wright has deleted her Twitter and Instagram pages after coming under fire for sharing an anti-vaxxer video.
The Black Panther actress was met with a wave of backlash when she shared a fact-free anti-vaccination video on social media – following the government’s confirmation that the roll-out of the UK approved Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine would begin soon.
Amid the controversy, the 27-year-old’s social media pages can no longer be found.
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Instead, a message on her Twitter page reads: ‘This account doesn’t exist. Try searching for another.’
Letitia made headlines when she reposted a video from the channel On The Table, in which ‘prophet, speaker and author’ Tomi Arayomi spoke in a largely fact-free monologue about his own feelings on vaccines.
Arayomi – who is not a doctor – stated from the beginning that he has always been sceptical of vaccines and doesn’t know yet if he will take the Covid-19 vaccine.
He questioned the safety and effectiveness of vaccines in general, and said of the jab: ‘We can just get this out there and hope to God it doesn’t make extra limbs grow, hope to God you don’t develop children who have 11 fingers and 12 toes.’
Elsewhere, he claimed coronavirus death numbers were inflated to keep people in fear and said that the effectiveness of masks was up for debate.
Letitia shared the video with her 367,000 Twitter followers, captioning the post with the prayer hands emoji – and soon started trending on the platform, with many calling her out for ‘fear-mongering’.
Her Marvel co-star, Don Cheadle, also got involved after seeing the clip, tweeting: ‘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.’
Letitia also suggested that she was being ‘cancelled’ for sharing Arayomi’s video, and ‘thinking for herself’.
‘If you don’t conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself….you get cancelled,’ the Black Mirror actress penned.
Addressing the backlash, she later added: ‘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 anti-vaxxer movement has picked up speed in recent years, with many falsely claiming that vaccines are linked to autism in children – the scientific consensus is that there is no link between vaccines and autism.Photo Credit: Getty