Black Panther star Letitia Wright slammedThe Hollywood Reporter following its recent take on a controversial anti-vaccine social media post she made in 2020 in an article about Black Panther sequel Wakanda Forever's Oscar chances.
Wright accused the news outlet of having a "personal vendetta" against her after it included her in a list of potential 2023 Oscar contenders whose "personal baggage" may impede their and their films' chances of winning awards.
The list also included "baggage"-laden actors like Will Smith and Brad Pitt.
It also made comparisons to male filmmakers accused of spousal abuse and sexual assault.
\u201cThe "Wakanda Forever" star called the article a "personal vendetta against me." https://t.co/ry8ZXcueAX\u201d— HuffPost (@HuffPost) 1669125935
THR's article not only compared Wright's vaccine comments to Smith slapping Chris Rock at last year's Oscars and the assault accusations leveled at Pitt by ex-wife Angelina Jolie, but also to controversial figures like Roman Polanski who pleaded guilty to statutory rape and Woody Allen who is accused of molesting his daughter.
As seen in screenshots below, Wright took to her Instagram Story in response, lambasting the publication for such comparisons and accusing its editors of retaliating against her because she declined to grant them interviews.
“This is vile behavior. At this point a personal vendetta towards me."
"I’ve done nothing wrong but respectfully refused to do interviews with this publication. Stop your nonsense.”
Wright also took aim at the writer of the article, Scott Feinberg, telling him to "get a life" and calling his journalistic integrity into question.
The article comes just as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which Wright headlines, opened in theaters worldwide November 11 and has since dominated the box office.
The controversy surrounding Wright stems from a December 2020 Twitter post in which she shared a video by self-professed "prophet" Tomi Arayomi in which he made conspiratorial claims about vaccines, along with transphobic remarks. Arayomi has frequently trafficked in extreme anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.
Wright apologized and deleted the post, going on to delete her account entirely amid the backlash.
\u201cI\u2019m sorry but, no matter what you think of her or her past comments - which, as she specified again here, she has already apologized for - it\u2019s simply beyond sick to lump Letitia Wright in with men accused of sexual misconduct who have taken NO accountability for their actions.\u201d— Zo\u00eb Rose Bryant (@Zo\u00eb Rose Bryant) 1669081420
\u201cBecause they hate Black women unless they're playing "the help".\u201d— Ivey McClelland(she/her)\u2764\u2764\u2764\u2764 (@Ivey McClelland(she/her)\u2764\u2764\u2764\u2764) 1669138091
\u201cBecause there has to be 2749393747 disclaimers when one writes threads on here: I personally do not care for Letitia Wright. I STOPPED checking for her after the anti-vax post(s). Legitimately. But lumping her in with sexual abusers and violent racists is WRONG. It is.\u201d— Clarkisha Kent (@Clarkisha Kent) 1669138421
\u201cNothing Letitia Wright or Will Smith did warranted comparing them to a man who absued his wife and kids, a pedophile, and a man notorious for abusing women in the industry\u2026 Pitt, Polanski & Weinstein are terrible human beings who deserve to rot in hell\u2026\u201d— \ud83e\udd0d Raq \ud83d\udc9c (@\ud83e\udd0d Raq \ud83d\udc9c) 1669093840
\u201cGrouping Letitia Wright and Will Smith with men who have been accused of sexual assault is disgusting and revolting.\u201d— Swara Salih (\u0633\u0648\u0627\u0631\u06d5) (@Swara Salih (\u0633\u0648\u0627\u0631\u06d5)) 1669128535
\u201cComparing Will Smith and Letitia Wright to a whole abuser is nasty. Hollywood Reporter y'all should be ashamed of yourselves\u201d— T'Challa Fan (@T'Challa Fan) 1669081688
\u201cA swing and a miss. \n\nHow dare you group Letitia Wright with a bunch of men accused of abuse and assault. \n\nShe has her controversies and I have been loud as hell about them, but these are incomparable offenses.\u201d— Raven Brunner (@Raven Brunner) 1669067445
\u201cWhat is happening to Letitia Wright currently is pure antiBlackness and mysogynoir. Especially since white women like Evangeline Lilly have said worse and barely face any vitriol.\n\nMentioning her in an article among notorious abusers in Hollywood is literally disgusting.\u201d— \u00bfStella? (@\u00bfStella?) 1669082014
\u201cLetitia Wright is eating Scott Feinberg up on Instagram, and honestly? More power to her. \ud83d\udc4f\ud83c\udffc\u201d— \ud835\udd4b\ud835\udd6a\ud835\udd56 \u2115\ud835\udd56\ud835\udd67\ud835\udd52\ud835\udd63\ud835\udd56\ud835\udd6b \ud83c\udfac (@\ud835\udd4b\ud835\udd6a\ud835\udd56 \u2115\ud835\udd56\ud835\udd67\ud835\udd52\ud835\udd63\ud835\udd56\ud835\udd6b \ud83c\udfac) 1669081251
\u201cIf Letitia Wright were white, reporters would not be asking her questions about deleted posts from two years ago\u201d— david (@david) 1669081823
"Baggage" or not, Wakanda Forever has gone on to gross more than half a billion dollars in box office receipts since its November 11 premiere and is the subject of Oscar buzz in multiple categories.