Letitia Wright is off social media! Is this for good?
The age of social media has brought new effectiveness to how communication is done. Many people, including celebrities, can air their opinions on different topics to millions of people via digital spaces.
These opinions are often praised for their soundness but can also be heavily criticized, resulting in a grueling backlash.
“Black Panther” movie star Letitia Wright recently faced a severe public backlash following a link she shared to a video advising against vaccines. Unable to take the heat of the controversy any further, Wright deleted her social media account and went off the radar.
The Cancel Culture
On Friday, Wright took to her Twitter page to share the link to a 69-minutes-long “On The Table” Youtube channel video. She shared the controversial link with a prayer hand emoji, and for a while, responding to fans who chimed in.
Actor Alex Sawyer responded to the tweet and appraised it as a “frustratingly irresponsible use of a platform.”
A user on the Twitter platform ad iced others to immediately cancel the upcoming “Marvel Studio” sequel, “Black Panther 2.” Another user dismissed the shared YouTube link as opinions with no evidence.
One of the Twitter users educated the actress and wrote that although skepticism about vaccines is understandable, the COVID-19 vaccine is necessary for the world to get back to normal.
He further advised her to reconsider her stance as her sentiments were upsetting.
Following the backlash, the actress shared another post on Twitter explaining that she did not mean to offend anyone with the shared link, as she was only trying to educate the public on the content of the vaccine. She later deleted both her Instagram and Twitter pages.
The Anti-Vax Clip
In the actual Youtube video, the host shared his views and questioned the legitimacy of the COVID-19 vaccine.
He also made transphobic remarks by accusing China of spreading the coronavirus and passing climate change comments.
YouTube has since taken down the video for violating their terms of service, although it is evident that viewers reported the video multiple times. The video generated lots of traffic and had people talking about it, including Wright’s co-star Don Cheadle.
Cheadle came to Wright’s defense but later withdrew his defense after watching the video. However, he shared that he would not participate in the “cancel” culture despite Wright’s sentiments.
Surviving The Pandemic
The vaccines for the COVID-19 global health pandemic that resulted in the shut down of governments were recently reported to be in the final stages of testing and would soon be available to the public.
This announcement was received with mixed feelings as many saw it as a critical step in the fight against the deadly virus. However, other people share Wright’s sentiments and are skeptical about the effectiveness of the vaccine.
It is unsure if Wright will return to social media as neither she nor her representatives have commented following her abrupt departure.