Black Panther actress Letitia Wright appears to have deleted her social media accounts after sharing a video that suggested a COVID-19 vaccine would “make extra limbs grow”.
The online discussion – called Should We Take It? – also appears to have been removed.
The video appeared on a channel called On The Table and Wright faced a fierce backlash, with her Marvel co-star Don Cheadle describing it as “hot garbage”.
After responding to followers questioning her decision, Wright, 27, seemed to claim she had been “cancelled”.
Both her Twitter and Instagram accounts have since become unavailable.
In a post on her Twitter account before it was removed, she wrote: “My intention was not to hurt anyone, my only intention of posting this video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies. Nothing else.”
After replying to a number of followers who criticised her post, she wrote: “If you don’t conform to popular opinions, but ask questions and think for yourself….you get cancelled.”
There is concern that anti-vaxxers will damage take-up of COVID-19 vaccines, hindering efforts to get the virus under control.
Labour’s shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, recently described anti-vax content on social media as “poison” and “garbage” and called for emergency legislation to clamp down on it.
In the video, presenter Tomi Arayomi, who describes himself on Facebook as an “internationally received and recognised prophet”, said he hopes the vaccine does not “make extra limbs grow”, adding: “Hope to God you don’t develop children that have 11 fingers and 12 toes.”
He also talked about Luciferase, something “allegedly being added to the COVID vaccine to detect those who have not taken it”.
He added: “Luciferase, named by its founder after Lucifer?”
Luciferase is, in fact, a generic term for a class of oxidative enzymes that produce bioluminescence – the production and emission of light by a living organism.
Mr Arayomi said he is a “big sceptic of needles and vaccinations in general”, and thinks “the body should be able to produce the right antibodies to fight things”.