Earlier this month, as part of a broader report on Hollywood’s inventory of vaccine mandates and secure movie recording in the covid-19 pandemic, the Hollywood Reporter wrote that a source told them Marvel’s Black Panther star Letitia Wright continued to spread disinformation against vaccines on the set of its successor, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Over a week later, Wright stepped back on social media to deny the allegations.
October 6th piece claimed that Wright – who had previously deleted his Twitter account in the wake of share a deeply disturbing video from a self-proclaimed prophet in December 2020-had continued to share anti-vaccination beliefs at Marvel Studios’ Atlanta, Georgia set of Wakanda Forever. Wright’s character, Princess Shuri, is to have a major role in the film in the light of Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death last year, and the report further added that Wright also parted ways with her U.S.-based PR team as part of her response to the setback of sharing covid-19 misinformation.
“My intention was not to hurt anyone,” Wright tweeted earlier after deleting his link to the video. “My ONLY intention in posting the video was that it raised my concerns about what the vaccine contains and what we put in our bodies.” But after her role in THR’s report, something went viral earlier this month, the actress has now decided to respond. Wright rejects the allegations that she continues to share these views Wakanda Foreveris set. With her still active Instagram account — even before yesterday’s post, the last update in November 2020, weeks before she shared the aforementioned video elsewhere — was the actress said the industry’s claims were “completely untrue.”
“I’m sorry to have to deal with the reports published by The Hollywood Reporter on October 6, 2021. The report talked about my behavior on the set of the Black Panther 2. I’m honestly honored that this was completely untrue, “Wright’s headline reads in part, accompanying an image showing a fragment from Modern English Version Bible Reading of Isaiah 54:17, “Weapons made to attack will not succeed; Words spoken against you do not hurt at all. ”
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“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows that I work incredibly hard in my craft, and my main focus is always to perform work that is effective and inspiring,” Wright continued. “It has been and will continue to be my only focus.” Marvel Studios itself has been silent about both the initial response to Wright’s tweet as well as recent reports about her Black Panther: Wakanda Forever seen behavior (although other Marvel co-stars like Don Cheadle called the actor out then, in similarly since deleted tweets).
io9 has contacted Disney to comment on the allegations and will update this post if we hear back.
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