As we get closer to receiving an approved COVID-19 vaccine, the Black Panther star took to her Twitter on Thursday to repost an hour-long YouTube video from Christian ministry founder, Tomi Arayomi, about the issue.
According to reports, the video-in-question was filled with unsubstantiated claims about the vaccine, raised questions about whether people should get it once it is available, and also contained transphobic statements. And though both the original video and Wright's initial tweet have since been deleted, many people have continued to call out the actress for using her large platform in such an "irresponsible" manner — with some even going so far as to call for Black Panther 2 to recast her role.
This is a frustratingly irresponsible use of a platform.
However, Wright eventually began responding to a number of fans questioning her decision to share the video, writing that she was "just concerned about what's in [the vaccine]" and was thinking about whether her "body will react negatively or not."
not my intention to make anyone upset 🙏🏾 Nor am I saying don’t take it. I’m just concerned about what’s in it that’s all. Isn’t that fair to question or ask?
people would have been more receptive if you just tweeted you had concerns about the vaccine as many are feeling the same apprehension. you tweeted out a video with blatant misinformation that can be debunked with high school level biology.
It’s smart to be cautious about what you put into your body. Not so smart to share baseless conspiracy theories sprinkled with transphobia. I doubt you’ll be “cancelled” your career will be fine. But you’ve hurt & disappointed a lot of people by posting that vid. Myself included