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Black Panther star shares transphobic COVID conspiracy theory video on Twitter

LOS ANGELES, CA. March 30, 2019: Letitia Wright at the 50th NAACP Image Awards
LOS ANGELES, CA. March 30, 2019: Letitia Wright at the 50th NAACP Image AwardsPhoto: Shutterstock

Black Panther star Letitia Wright shared a COVID conspiracy theory video on social media that also includes blatant transphobia.

The video, created by brothers Tomi and Tobi Arayomi, is a rambling mess combing COVID, transgender people, vaccines and climate change. It has since been removed from YouTube for spreading debunked coronavirus misinformation.

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Tomi Arayomi hosts the video and claims at one point that he hopes any potential vaccine for the coronavirus doesn’t “make extra limbs grow.” He admits he doesn’t “understand vaccines medically.”

Arayomi offensively tried to use transgender people to explain why he didn’t believe in the science behind the pandemic.

“If you look at somebody that was genetically born a male but you say ‘that’s a girl, that’s a girl, that’s a girl, that’s a girl, that’s a girl, that’s a girl, that’s a girl, that’s a girl, that’s a girl, that’s a girl, that’s a girl, that’s a girl, that’s a girl’ enough times, eventually you will force compliance by the composition of my speech to say something that I just technically, biologically don’t believe it.”

After fans started to express disappointment that the actor would spread transphobia and misinformation about a deadly disease, Wright blew them off and started complaining about the so-called cancel culture, before making excuses about why she did it.

“If you don’t conform to popular opinions, but ask questions and think for yourself,” she tweeted, “you get cancelled.”

“My intention was not to hurt anyone,” she said in a follow-up tweet. “My ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies. Nothing else.”

“That video was transphobic and no please don’t be an antivaxxer it’s NOT okay,” one user responded.

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