In a recent Instagram post of the Ant-Man and the Wasp star Evangeline Lilly, she said that she traveled to Washington, D.C. this weekend in support of “medical sovereignty,” in other words, to protest against the vaccine mandates. The Marvel star attended the same protest where the well-known anti-vaxxer speaker, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., compared the vaccine mandates to the Holocaust.
In her Instagram post, she wrote that she believes “nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will” under threats including “arrest or detention without trial,” “violent attack,” “homelessness and starvation,” and “excommunication from society.”
“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. I was pro choice before COVID and I am still pro choice today.”
As of now, it is unclear what Evangeline Lilly’s vaccination status is. In her post, she included a photo of someone with a sign on their back that reads “Vaxxed Democrat for medical freedom.”
However, this is not the first time Evangeline Lilly has spoken out her views on COVID for the public. As the pandemic intensified within the U.S. back in March of 2020, she revealed that she refused to self-quarantine despite living with her cancer-stricken father. She also compared COVID-19 to just a “respiratory flu” and also accused the government of overreach that is comparable to “Marshall Law” [sic]. She wrote, “There’s ‘something’ every election year.”
A few days later, she released an Instagram post with her apology.
“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. 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... 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.”
The actress’s comments back then and now, have sparked comparisons to Black Panther star Letitia Wright, who also had a controversy in 2020 by sharing a conspiracy theory-video on her Twitter account that questioned the safety of potential COVID vaccines.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set to release on July 28, 2023.