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Evangeline Lilly Offers an Apology For Her 'Dismissive' and 'Arrogant' Coronavirus Comments

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By Zachary Holt

Last week, actress, Evangeline Lilly, made a series of tone-deaf and insensitive comments regarding the coronavirus pandemic and the recommendation by public health officials to self-quarantine. According to Lilly, she was having none of that and planned to continue on with 'business as usual'. Her social media posts resulted in massive backlash as she was lambasted for not taking a proactive approach in helping 'flatten the curve'. Currently, the death toll from the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States has reached nearly 2,200, making the need for self-isolation and social distancing all the more important.

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Lilly Offers an Apology to People She Offended with Her Social Media Post

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Well, after receiving countless criticisms on social media for her controversial comments, not to mention, getting dropped from the latest production of the hit move franchise, 'Antman', Lilly has come out and offered a formal apology to those who she offended. The actress also made sure to let everyone know that she was doing her due diligence to practice social-distancing.

"I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID19," Lilly's lengthy apology post on Instagram began.

'My Ensuing Silence Has Sent a Dismissive, Arrogant, and Cryptic Message...'

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"Grandparents, parents, children, sisters and brothers are dying, the world is rallying to find a way to stop this very real threat, and my ensuing silence has sent a dismissive, arrogant and cryptic message," Lilly continued on Instagram.

According to the actress, her previous comments were a means for her to add 'calm' to the 'hysteria' that was going on worldwide. She believed the 'hype' from the coronavirus pandemic coverage would have far-reaching socioeconomic and political implications. Lilly now admits that she was wrong in that assertion and is taking the threat of the COVID-19 very seriously.

The 'Antman' Actress Believed She Was Adding 'Calm' to the 'Hysteria'

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"My direct and special apologies to those most affected by this pandemic. I never meant to hurt you. When I wrote that post 10 days ago, I thought I was infusing calm into the hysteria. I can see now that I was projecting my own fears into an already fearful and traumatic situation," she continued.

"I am grieved by the ongoing loss of life, and the impossible decisions medical workers around the world must make as they treat those affected. I am concerned for our communities – small businesses and families living paycheck-to-paycheck – and I am trying to follow responsible recommendations for how to help. Like many of you, I fear for the political aftermath of this pandemic, and I am praying for us all."

Lilly Encourages People to Self-Quarantine Out of Love, Not Fear

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"At the same time, I am heartened by the beauty and humanity I see so many people demonstrating toward one another in this vulnerable time. When I was grappling with my own fears over social distancing, one kind, wise and gracious person said to me “do it out of love, not fear” and it helped me to realize my place in all of this. Sending love to all of you, even if you can’t return it right now," the former 'LOST' star concluded.

Lilly also revealed that she's been self-quarantining herself since March 18, two days after her controversial post. Her decision to follow those recommendations resulted from changes in the constantly evolving dynamics of the pandemic.

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