Evangeline Lilly, a super-star known for her roles in Wasp and Ant-Man, draws outrage from Marvel Cinematic Universe junkies after disclosing that she appeared in the recent anti-vaccine directive gathering of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in Washington D.C. Although Lilly is vaccinated herself.
The 42-year old actress, who expressed her “arrogant” COVID-19 beliefs in the past and later apologized after facing repercussions, shared photos from the protest of January 27, on Instagram. As per her statement, she was attending the march “to support bodily sovereignty.”
“I believe nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will,” she started her caption, before describing that “loss of employment and education”, “violent attacks,” “excommunication from society,” and “alienation from loved ones” are the consequences of not getting jabbed.
She further added, “This is not the way. This is not safe. This is not healthy. This is not love. I understand the world is in fear, but I don’t believe that answering fear with force will fix our problems.”
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The Ant-Man star, who shares two kids with Norman Kali (The Hobbit), also stated, “I was pro choice before COVID and I am still pro choice today,” supported by the hashtag #medicalfreedom.
Back in 2020, at the beginning of the widespread pandemic, the “Avengers: Endgame” star Lilly was bashed by the fans after she revealed to her followers that she firmly believes COVID-19 is just another type of the flu. Lilly took to Instagram and disclosed that she is not in favor of social distance “all in the name of a respiratory flu,” which stirred controversy and put her under fire. However, her belief did not last long as, after just one week, she elucidated that she is playing her “part” and following social distancing.
Later on, she posted a request for forgiveness for her remarks.
“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, 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.”
Lilly wrote in a post in March 2020.
“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, known for her character Hope van Dyne from the Ant-Man franchise isn’t the first Marvel actor to raise her voice against vaccination laws. In December, Letitia Wright from Black Panther also shared an anti-vax contrivance video.
A vaccine directive for big entities was taken back by the Biden government this week after getting blocked by a decision of the Supreme Court. Several states and cities have implemented their own dedicated vaccine mandates for different workers. However, during the last quarter of 2021, the CDC applied rules making it essential for all non-citizen, non-immigrant commuters to the United States to get fully vaccinated.
The CDC advises all the suitable people to get the COVID-19 vaccination, stating that any of the serious contrary effects associated with the vaccine shots are extremely rare. CDC wrote in a statement.
“Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in US history,”
Another fact that is also worth noticing is that usually drugs clear FDA safety trials first typically after being tried on 3,000 people or less, but that is not the case with the Covid-19 vaccine. Around the world, almost 5 billion people have taken the shots of COVID vaccines.
Even if we look at the current situation of vaccines being less operational at stopping the omicron variant from getting widely spread, recent research shows that they still decrease symptoms of the disease and also gradually lower the probability of severe illness or passing away.
Alone in the United States, an estimated number of people who have died due to the coronavirus goes to more than 870,000 people in total. The Disease Control and Prevention Centers says that due to the new variant of Covid-19, the Omicron which has caused a huge surge in the corona cases has amplified the significance of getting vaccinated and booster shots than before.
COVID-19 is a deadly disease and there’s no denying that. Where a lot of people support vaccination, there’s a segment of the masses throughout the globe who believe that getting jabbed must be a choice rather than a compulsion.
A lot of celebrities have raised their concerns over the vaccine mandate in the past. Some of them have apologized after facing a backlash while several others still stand firmly on their belief.