Marvel actors Simu Liu and David Dastmalchian have both taken to social media in an apparent response to Ant-Man star Evangeline Lilly’s recent attendance at a Washington, D.C. protest against vaccination mandates, and comments reflecting her views on the issue.
Neither Dastmalchian, 46, or Liu, 32, mentioned Lilly, 42, by name in the posts, which seemingly came in response to her anti-vaccination remarks ‘to support bodily sovereignty’ Thursday.
Dastmalchian, who played Kurt in 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, tweeted Thursday, ‘It’s so unfortunate when people with a large platform use that platform to share irresponsible things.’
The latest: Marvel actors Simu Liu, 32, and David Dastmalchian, 46, have both taken to social media in an apparent response to Ant-Man star Evangeline Lilly’s recent attendance at a Washington, D.C. protest against vaccination mandates, and comments reflecting her views on the issue
Liu wrote, ‘I lost my grandparents to COVID last year. They were still waiting for their vaccines. I’m fortunate to have been double-vaccinated and boosted when I got COVID 2 weeks ago. Felt like a cold.’
He added that ‘the media needs to stop spotlighting opinions that are not rooted in facts or science.’
The Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings actor also praised the efforts of the agency UNICEF for their efforts to combat the pandemic.
‘As a @UNICEFCanada ambassador I have seen the organization’s efforts to deliver vaccines to underprivileged families around the world,’ he said. ‘It’s a reminder of how lucky we are to be living in places where vaccine delivery and storage are not an issue. Please, PLEASE appreciate that.’
Protesting: Evangeline Lilly (pictured in 2019) took to Instagram on Thursday to share that she attended Robert F. Kennedy’s anti-vaccine mandate protest in Washington, D.C. last weekend
Dastmalchian, who played Kurt in 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, tweeted Thursday, ‘It’s so unfortunate when people with a large platform use that platform to share irresponsible things’
Liu opened up about the death of his grandparents as result of the coronavirus
Lilly attended the January 23 anti-vaccine mandate rally in Washington, D.C., where Robert F. Kennedy made headlines after comparing requirements in the U.S. to conditions in Nazi Germany and invoking the name of Anne Frank.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Lilly – whose vaccination status is unknown – revealed that she joined the march because of her beliefs.
‘I was in DC this weekend to support bodily sovereignty while Canadian truckers were rallying for their cross-country, peaceful convoy in support of the same thing,’ the Canadian-born star began her post, referring to anti-vaccine protests in her native land.
‘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,’ she continued.
‘This is not the way. This is not safe. This is not healthy. This is not love.’
Pro-choice: In a lengthy Instagram post, the 42-year-old actress revealed that she joined the march because of her beliefs
Anti-vaxx: ‘I believe nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will,’ she said, adding, ‘I was pro choice before COVID and I am still pro choice today’
Marching: The Marvel star shared multiple photos from the event, and listed various reasons why she does not believe in vaccine mandates
The post comes two years after the Lost and Lord of the Rings actress was forced to apologize after comparing the deadly virus to a ‘respiratory flu.’
The Avengers star shared multiple black-and-white photos from the rally and listed her reasoning for why she does not believe in COVID vaccine mandates.
‘I understand the world is in fear, but I don’t believe that answering fear with force will fix our problems,’ she stated.
Lilly finished her post by writing that she has always believed in a woman’s right to choose.
‘I was pro choice before COVID and I am still pro choice today,’ she said.
The actress also added a photo of entrepreneur Naval Ravikant over his famous quote, ‘All tyranny begins with the desire to coerce others for the greater good.’
The rally in Washington garnered national headlines after the Kennedy scion railed against vaccine mandates in the U.S. by comparing them to conditions faced under Nazi rule.
‘Even in Hitler Germany, you could, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland. You could hide in an attic, like Anne Frank did,’ Kennedy said in his speech. ‘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.’
Deep: The actress also added a photo of entrepreneur Naval Ravikant over his famous quote, ‘All tyranny begins with the desire to coerce others for the greater good’
Kennedy had to quickly walk back his comments after his actress-wife Cheryl Hines cuffed him for the tone-deaf rhetoric.
‘My husband’s reference to Anne Frank at a mandate rally in D.C. was reprehensible and insensitive,’ the Curb Your Enthusiasm star tweeted on Tuesday.
‘The atrocities that millions endured during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything. His opinions are not a reflection of my own.’
Lilly’s caused controversy at the start of the pandemic by revealing that she refused to self-quarantine because she ‘values freedom.’
In the March 2020 post she wrote, ‘Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices.’
Lilly’s attitude continued to anger people as she tried to respond to the criticism, revealing that her father with stage four leukemia is currently living with her.
‘I am living with my father at the moment, who has’ stage four leukemia,’ she said. ‘I am also immune compromised at the moment. I have two young kids.’
The Ant-Man and Wasp star shares two kids with Hobbit actor Norman Kali.
Ten days later, she apologized for her comments.
‘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.’
Evangeline Lilly joined the Marvel universe with her role in the Ant-Man and Wasp
Controversy: The post comes two years after the star caused controversy by revealing she refused to self-quarantine at the start of COVID and compared the virus to a ‘respiratory flu’
Her career: On the left in Lost in 2008, and on the right in Ant-Man And The Wasp, 2018