London – Hollywood Actors Letitia Wright A wave of criticism from fans and followers has started after sharing anti-vaccination propaganda.
Wright, who starred in the 2018 hit “Black Panther” movie alongside the late Chadwick Boseman, posted a video to Twitter on Thursday making unfounded claims about coronovirus vaccines. She was reprimanded for being “irresponsible” and “careless”.
Those calling him out were co-stars of “Avengers: Endgame” Don Chiddle, Who added “hot trash,” to the video on Friday, stating that he “will not defend anyone posting it.”
Wright, who has not responded to NBC News’ request for comment, said she was not against taking a vaccine, but simply wanted to ask questions.
Interacting with fans on Twitter, he wrote, “I just worry about what’s in it.”
Facing a barrage of comments, the Guyana-born star defended herself on Friday, tweeting: “My only purpose for posting the video was to see what’s in the vaccine and what we’re putting in our bodies, Raised my concerns with this. “
The video shared included a long monologue by Tommy Arayomi, the founder of a Christian ministry.
In it, Arayomi said that companies and governments have not been transparent and questioned the vaccine content. He did not provide evidence for his claims, echoing those of others who have criticized the use of the vaccine unabashedly.
The video has watched over 35,000 times.
Vaccine misinformation and conspiracy theories have sprung up during the coronovirus epidemic. At a time when America is facing a huge increase in cases and deaths, a network of anti-vaxx activists is finding new audiences, mostly on social media.
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The controversy surfaced the same week that the United Kingdom became the first Western country to formally approve the Pfizer and BioNotech Kovid-19 vaccines, a symbolic milestone in the fight against the epidemic.
But public sentiment about vaccines is mixed. According to an August YouGog poll, only 42 percent of Americans said “yes” whether they would have the Kovid-19 vaccine available.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of hospitalization and death from Kovid-19 among blacks, Latino and Native Americans is two to four times higher than whites.
Health advocates say that people in Black and Latino communities struggling with high Kovid-19 rates are least likely to get vaccinated, due to a history of unequal access to medical use and care.
Last month, eight prominent Black doctors wrote “a love letter to Black America” to encourage people to get the Kovid-19 vaccine and to overcome the vaccine’s hesitation and mistrust.
Wright, a BAFTA Rising star, played Shuri, the tech-talented sister of Bosman’s character in “Black Panther”, set in the futuristic Wakanda nation in 2019. The film broke new ground with a predominantly black cast.
Reuters contributed to this report.