Actress Evangeline Lilly, known for her roles in several Marvel films, came out against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and confirmed she attended the “Defeat the Mandates” rally in Washington D.C. on Jan. 23.
“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 actress wrote on Instagram, referring to a large trucker protest against mandatory vaccines in Canada.
“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,” Lilly continued.
Mandatory vaccinations and coercive measures are “not the way,” the “Ant-Man” actress added in her post. “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.”
Disney, which owns Marvel, previously required all its employees to be vaccinated. The company’s mandate was placed on hold in Florida in November 2021 after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation against such mandates.
Canadian truckers rolled across the country and toward the capital, Ottawa, protesting against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for cross-border truck drivers. Over 10,000 truckers are slated to arrive in Ottawa on Saturday and aim to park their rigs on Parliament Hill.
“Canadian truckers rule,” tweeted Telsa CEO Elon Musk, one of the richest men in the world, on Thursday evening.
Over the past weekend, between 30,000 and 35,000 people attended the “Defeat the Mandates” rally in Washington D.C., which Lilly attended.
Former NBA star Kwame Brown, who has frequently criticized vaccine mandates on social media, told The Epoch Times that he attended because “I think we got to get back to compassion for our fellow man and woman.”
“People are being put out of work” over mandates, he said on Jan. 23 in Washington. “People are not being able to go over to their friends and family’s house. … I think everybody should have a right to choose whether they want to do it … and that’s what America is supposed to be about.”
Another Marvel actress, “Black Panther” star Letitia Wright, also shared a video that criticized COVID-19 vaccine mandates in December 2020. At the time, she faced criticism over her stance on social media before temporarily deactivating her Twitter and Instagram accounts.