Evangeline Lilly, a Canadian actress and author, admitted in an interview last week that she knew darn well what she was doing when she attended an anti-vaccine mandate rally in January of 2022.
“I know the beast that I’m attacking. I know that I have a little pebble and there’s this f–king Goliath giant. If I shoot this pebble, it’s going to wake the giant,” she recalled in an interview with Esquire magazine.
And it did. Her appearance at the rally provoked massive backlash, though it wasn’t the first time for her.
The backlash originally started in 2020 when she refused to shelter-in-place during the early days of the COVID pandemic.
As seen below, at the time she posted an Instagram post announcing that she’d just dropped her kids off at some extracurricular activity:
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Then two years later, she attended Robert F. Kennedy’s anti-vaccine mandate rally in Washington, D.C.
Afterward, she posted to Instagram again to advertise what she’d done.
“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,” she wrote in her post.
“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 added.
“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,” she concluded.
The response was one of pure fury, with leftist critics attacking her for allegedly risking people’s lives and leftist critics also vowing to boycott her movies.
@EvangelineLilly You realize the people spouting anti vaccine conspiracies and people that refuse to get vaxxed have been killing hundreds of thousands maybe even more with their ignorance?
— Dude (@amadon11) January 30, 2022
@EvangelineLilly Please reconsider your position on vaccines. They have saved countless lives since invented. You can choose not to use them, but please don’t undermine the established science. Studying science is a personal decision.
— Luke Magnus Elijah Dalton (@Considerabl) January 30, 2022
Ever since man has lived in groups, we’ve had a responsibility to at least try to keep one another free from disease. “My body my choice” doesn’t work when you’re talking about vaccines, @EvangelineLilly. This disease still kills the elderly. Do you not care about them?
— Chad blocks nutjobs & fascists (@ckukahiko) January 30, 2022
@EvangelineLilly We are so, so disappointed in your views of vaccines. You should be kicked out of the @MarvelStudios . We are literally watching AntMan and the Wasp RIGHT now. Please do your research and reconsider before you are cancelled forever !
— Real Silver (@Real4747Silver) January 29, 2022
I’m very embarrassed that you’re part of the @MarvelStudios universe. I’ll be boycotting any movie you appear in because of your irresponsible mouth yammering about the dangers of a safe vaccine when people are dying in droves every day. You are pathetic.
— G to the A (He/Him) (@GToTheAreNot) January 30, 2022
The media predictably got in on it as well.
“Evangeline Lilly Joined RFK Jr.’s Insane Anti-Vax Rally — and Bragged About It,” a headline from Rolling Stone magazine reads.
Lilly for her part knew this was coming.
“[S]he says she asked herself ‘about six hundred times’ whether she should post” but ultimately decided to go ahead and do it, according to Esquire.
“I just wanted people out there who were struggling because they were under severe pressure to do something they didn’t want to do to know that they weren’t alone, to know that there were people who actually felt they had a right to say no,” she told the magazine.
Regarding what happened in 2020, that did, however, throw her off balance a bit.
“I didn’t expect anyone to pay attention to it, because no one ever pays attention to what I post,” she told Esquire.
Because it was her first time, she decided at the time to apologize.
“I ended up having enough people say to me, ‘Well, there’s a lot of people who are dying right now, and it might have been really insensitive to what they’re going through,’ and that resonated for me,” she explained.
View her apology post below:
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“I want to offer 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 COVID19,” she wrote in the post.
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