Outraged MCU Fans Demand To Recast Evangeline Lilly After Her Anti-Vax Movement
The already contentious gathering took an even more contentious turn when Kennedy said that vaccination requirements in the United States are worse than Nazi actions in Germany during WWII, noting, "Even in Hitler Germany [sic], you could, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland. You could hide in an attic, like Anne Frank did. I visited, in 1962, East Germany with my father and met people who had climbed the wall and escaped, so it was possible. Many died, true, but it was possible." His views garnered significant condemnation (even from his wife, actress Cheryl Hines, who distanced herself from them) until he recently apologized. Fans were taken aback when Lilly openly linked herself to the Kennedy event following the issue.
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Lilly shared a photo of herself at the demonstration, holding a banner that read: "Vaxxed Democrat for Medical Freedom." In the post's description, she wrote, "I believe nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will, under threat of:-violent attack-arrest or detention without trial-loss of employment-homelessness-starvation-loss of education-alienation from loved ones-excommunication from society…under any threat whatsoever.
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."
Her tweet received immediate outrage from MCU fans on Twitter, with the most prevalent comment being a sort of resigned disapproval of her actions.
*Seeing why Evangeline Lilly is trending* pic.twitter.com/9CqTx1PVzY— Jalen Reeves ? (@GTCubsEagles10) January 27, 2022
Evangeline Lilly and Letitia Wright... pic.twitter.com/78MZxVoUwC— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) January 27, 2022
In her Instagram post, Evangeline Lilly referred to herself as “pro choice.” This is a very common (and disgusting) rhetorical trick among anti vaxxers — by co-opting the language of the repro rights movement, they think they can make their agenda more palatable to the left. pic.twitter.com/7nPo8iTf8F— Ej Dickson (@ejdickson) January 27, 2022
Kevin Feige reading Evangeline Lilly’s latest Instagram post pic.twitter.com/6gJaTj5u4w— Aidan (@ArkhamRanger) January 27, 2022
Kevin Feige seeing Evangeline Lilly’s anti vaccine post after finally convincing Letitia Wright to get the jab. pic.twitter.com/L0CQRW05jL— Enduring This Hellsite (@JohnSLPaul) January 27, 2022
Many fans demanded that Lily be replaced, while others wanted to ensure that Lily was dealt in the same manner that the fandom had treated Letitia Wright over her apparent anti-vaccine attitude.
“So Evangeline Lilly not only compared vaccines to abortions but was also at that the protest where RFK Jr. compared vaccine mandates to the Holocaust. And we are supposed to believe “it’s just an opinion”? I say recast her.”
Recast. Immediate. They shoulda recast Letitia Wright. They should recast Evangeline Lilly. Ain't nothing THAT special about em. There are much more talented (and sane) actors out there who can take up their spot & make the set a safe space. https://t.co/OyCge9XCIl— Pramit (@pramitheus) January 27, 2022
This isn't the first time Lilly has made headlines for making provocative statements during the pandemic. At the commencement of social distancing in March 2020, Lilly wrote a statement declaring that she and her family were not social distancing, despite the fact that she was living with her father, who was battling illness at the time. She instantly apologized and claimed that she began social distance just two days after the tweet. Despite having been vaccinated, Lilly clearly has some reservations about public health stances on the pandemic and vaccinations.