A protest against vaccine mandates took place in Washington D.C. over the weekend and it had one rather famous Marvel star in attendance.
Evangeline Lilly, who plays Wasp in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, revealed on social media today that she took part in the capital protest, posting pictures of the event.
“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 actress wrote on Instagram.
She then listed every reason she believed nobody should be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will: violent attack; arrest or detention without trial; loss of employment; homelessness; starvation; loss of education; alienation from loved ones; and excommunication from society.
Lilly concluded: “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.”
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Wasp isn’t an outlier in the U.S. either, with mandates remaining highly divisive. In a recent poll conducted by Axios/Ipsos, for example, only 54% of Americans agreed that “Employers should require all employees to be vaccinated.”
It’s not the first time that Lilly has spoken out about issues surrounding COVID-19. Back in 2020, she refused to quarantine during lockdowns, insisting “some people value freedom over their lives.” She later backtracked on, though, apologising for her “dismissive, arrogant” comments.
The actress is next set to be seen as Wasp in the MCU in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which is expected to be released in 2023.
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