Evangeline Lilly has revealed her involvement in a demonstration against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and has announced on social media that she joined thousands of protesters in Washington, DC in an attempt to “support bodily sovereignty”.
The actress, best known for her work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Hobbit franchises, shared a collection of photos from the rally on Instagram along with a quote from capital investor Naval Ravikant who read: “All tyranny begins with the desire to force others for the better.”
The event itself took place last Sunday (January 23) at the Washington Monument in DC’s National Mall. Among those speaking at the event was Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (a nephew of former US President John F. Kennedy) who as CNN reports, compared vaccine mandates in the United States with Nazi Germany.
“I believe that no one should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will,” Lilly wrote in her post, citing a number of threats and consequences to which those who refuse the vaccine are subject.
“This is not the way. This is not safe. This is not healthy. This is not love. I understand that the world is in fear, but I do not think that answering fear by force will solve our problems. I was pro choice before COVID and I’m still pro choice today. “
This week’s post is not the first time Lilly has turned her head over her behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last March, she sparked criticism after telling fans she refused to isolate herself because she values ”freedom,” dismissing the new coronavirus as a “respiratory flu.”
She angered additional fans by revealing that she lived with her father, who has stage four leukemia. In a separate comment, she claimed that the virus may have been inserted by the US government ahead of the upcoming presidential election.
Lilly would continue to apologize for her comments and assure fans that she did her “to flatten the basket, practice social distancing, and stay home with my family.” She wrote at the time: “I would like to express my sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID-19.”
Lilly has continued acting throughout the pandemic, starring in last year’s film Crisis and South of Heaven. She is set to continue her MCU stay in July next year, starring opposite Paul Rudd (and alongside Bill Murray) in Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania.