Two years ago, during the height of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Black Panther star Letitia Wright put her foot in it when she tweeted a video that contained conspiracy theories surrounding the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
Since then, there have been swirling accusations that the production of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was shut down because she refused to get vaccinated. Now, the actress has clarified her earlier apology and maintained that she is over the controversy.
Speaking with The Guardian, the same interview where she talked about the pain of losing Chadwick Boseman who played her brother in the superhero spectacle, she was directly asked about the backlash that ensued after she shared a video on her official Twitter from the YouTube channel On The Table where host Tomi Arayomi questioned the efficacy of vaccines, and whether people should be allowed to take the new COVID-19 vaccines. After calling the vaccines dangerous, while presenting little to no scientific or medical backing, Arayomi also presented some homophobic and transphobic comments in the video.
Letitia did not immediately apologize two years ago for sharing the video, but rather replied well into the night at people who told her these views were harmful, prejudiced, and dangerous. Even actor Don Cheadle got involved in the fray. Letitia eventually issued an apology and then deleted her Twitter.
Now, she doesn’t want to talk about it.
"I feel it's something I experienced two years ago and I have in a healthy way moved on. And in a healthy way I've apologized and deleted my Twitter. I just apologized for any hurt that was caused to anybody,” she told The Guardian.
When the interviewer asked if the tweet misrepresented her values, she reiterated that she apologized. "That's exactly what my apology was. It was saying this is not me, and I apologize."
However, when asked if she herself was vaccinated against the deadly COVID-19 virus that has so far caused almost 48,000 deaths in Canada alone, Letitia was not playing games. "I have apologized and I have moved on. Next question. Thanks."
Last year, The Daily Mail speculated that Letitia was in fact not vaccinated, and that was causing production delays on Wakanda Forever.
Actress Jameela Jamil then defended Letitia last month when fans responded to her praise of Letitia’s performance in the sequel, saying, “She’s literally vaccinated…”
Jamil then added that Letitia is definitely not an anti-vaxxer.