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'Black Panther' star criticized for sharing video questioning COVID-19 vaccine
"Black Panther" star Letitia Wright, known for her role as Shuri in the Marvel series, faced backlash on social media Thursday after posting a video that appeared to question whether people should take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Wright shared a 69-minute video titled "COVID-19 VACCINE, SHOULD WE TAKE IT?" in a tweet from the YouTube channel "On The Table" in which Tobi Arayomi, a senior leader with Light London Church, gives commentary on doubts about the coronavirus vaccine.
Arayomi himself starts off the video stating that he is not sure if he is going to take the vaccine, adding that he doesn't know if he trusts it.
The host of the video relayed an anecdote of a doctor's visit where he was offered a flu shot, but didn't want it.
"I just don't feel comfortable with vaccines," he said he told the nurse.
In the video, he also appeared to be skeptical about climate change and blamed China for spreading COVID-19, according to Variety.
The tweet has since been deleted.
"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," Wright tweeted in response to those who took issue with the post. "Nothing else."
Don Cheadle, who starred in Marvel's "Avengers" films, weighed in on the controversy as well.
"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," Cheadle wrote in a tweet responding to the video Wright posted.
Wright pushed back on criticism, tweeting "if you don't conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself....you get cancelled."
Britain recently became the first country to greenlight a COVID-19 vaccine in its country and is making preparations to get the vaccine to the public soon.
Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, has expressed confidence in the candidates that are currently being vetted for the Food and Drug Administration's emergency authorization. The doctor said recently that once the vaccine candidate was approved, he would be vaccinated on television to encourage others to do the same.
In addition, former U.S. Presidents Clinton, Obama and George W. Bush said that they would take the vaccine on camera to encourage inoculation.