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Evangeline Lilly receives backlash for refusing to self-quarantine

She also touted a coronavirus conspiracy theory.


Moises Mendez II


Posted on Mar 19, 2020

Evangeline Lilly, who plays Wasp in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, is refusing to participate in coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing because “some people value freedom over their lives.”

People are upset over her comments after many across the globe are self-quarantining to do their part in mitigating the spread of the deadly illness.

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She wrote on Instagram, “Just dropped my kids off at gymnastics camp. They all washed their hands before going in. They are playing and laughing. #businessasusual.”

Followers questioned why her kids were still going to their activities, and she responded by saying, “I am also immune compromised at the moment.” She went on to say, “I have two young kids. Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices.”

She also revealed that she is living with her father, who has stage four leukemia. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that people with pre-existing conditions are at a much higher risk if they contract the virus than those without.

In addition to conducting business as usual, she thinks that people are overreacting, equating the coronavirus to a “respiratory flu.” She also touted the conspiracy theory that “there is ‘something’ every election year,” a theory that has been debunked.

Following in the footsteps of Marco Rubio, she misspelled martial law (writing Marshall law) when conspiring the government is trying to impose this law. “Where we are right now feels a lot too close to Marshall Law [sic] for my comfort already, all in the name of a respiratory flu,” she writes in a comment on Instagram. “It’s unnerving…Let’s be vigilant right now. And kind. Watchful and gracious — keeping a close eye on our leaders, making sure they don’t abuse this moment to steal away more freedoms and grab more power.”


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*First Published: Mar 19, 2020, 6:02 pm CDT