Actress Evangeline Lilly apologizes for ‘dismissive, arrogant’ coronavirus message after refusing self-isolation
Actress Evangeline Lilly apologized for what she called the “insensitivity” she showed earlier this month by initially refusing to self-quarantine during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, saying she is now doing her part to “flatten the curve” by practicing social distancing and staying home.
“I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID19,” Lilly wrote on Instagram Thursday, along with a photo of a game board. “Grandparents, parents, children, sisters and brothers are dying, the world is rallying to find a way to stop this very real threat, and my ensuing silence has sent a dismissive, arrogant and cryptic message.”
“My direct and special apologies to those most affected by this pandemic. I never meant to hurt you.”
The star from Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” sparked backlash on March 16 when she posted about dropping her kids off at gymnastics camp, using the hashtag “business as usual” to imply that her family was not self-isolating.
In the comments of her post, Lilly wrote, “Where we are right now feels a lot too close to Marshall Law for my comfort already, all in the name of a respiratory flu. It’s unnerving. I have two young kids. Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices. With love and respect.”
On Thursday, Lilly clarified that two days after her initial post, local authorities changed directives and ordered everyone inside.
“Despite my intense trepidation over the socioeconomic and political repercussions of this course of action, PLEASE KNOW I AM DOING MY PART TO FLATTEN THE CURVE, PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND STAYING HOME WITH MY FAMILY,” Lilly wrote.
The “Lost” actress said she thought she was “infusing calm into the hysteria” with her initial post, which featured a photo of a cup of tea.
“I can see now that I was projecting my own fears into an already fearful and traumatic situation,” she added, before sharing support for medical workers, small business owners and families struggling during the economic downturn triggered by the outbreak.
“Like many of you, I fear for the political aftermath of this pandemic, and I am praying for us all,” she wrote. “At the same time, I am heartened by the beauty and humanity I see so many people demonstrating toward one another in this vulnerable time. When I was grappling with my own fears over social distancing, one kind, wise and gracious person said to me ‘do it out of love, not fear’ and it helped me to realize my place in all of this.”
Countries across the globe have instituted stay-at-home orders to stem the spread of COVID-19, which has infected as many as 553,244 people and caused 25,035 deaths as of Friday, according to a database from Johns Hopkins University.