Actress Evangeline Lilly of “Ant-Man” fame is being slammed this week after she belittled the coronavirus as nothing more than a “respiratory” flu and refused to self isolate, saying that she values her “freedom.”
Lilly took to Instagram earlier this week to post a photo of her morning cup of tea and to boast that she had just dropped her children off at their activities despite calls for American families to stay home due to the pandemic.
“Just dropped my kids off at gymnastics camp. They all washed their hands before going in. They are playing and laughing. #businessasusual,” wrote Lilly, 40.
Lilly immediately started receiving backlash for her post, but she was quick to defend herself, telling one fan that though she is living with her sick father, she is prioritizing the freedom to live her life over everything else.
“I am living with my father at the moment, who has stage four lukemia [sic]. I am also immune compromised at the moment. I have two young kids,” Lilly wrote. “Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices. With love and respect. EL.”
In another comment, Lilly downplayed the virus as simply a “respiratory flu” and questioned the way the U.S. government has responded to it.
“I’m having those conversations daily with people in my inner circle and am always considering and reconsidering my position,” the former “Lost” star wrote. “Where we are right now feels a lot too close to Marshall Law for my comfort already, all in the name of a respiratory flu. It’s unnerving.”
“I think we all need to slow down, take a breath and look at the facts we are being presented with,” Lilly added in another comment. “They do not add up to the all-out, global lockdown, control, pandemonia and insanity we are experiencing. I hope that people will find their peace and sanity where you are soon. Sending you loving prayers.”
The actress also appeared to float a conspiracy theory about the timing of this pandemic, writing simply, “There’s something every election year.”
Despite Lilly’s lack of concern, the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the world, with John Hopkins University saying that the number of cases worldwide has surpassed 200,000. Governments all over the world have been urging people to stay home and self-isolate in the hopes of getting the virus under control.
Lilly really should have kept her opinions on this pandemic to herself, because now she’s exposed herself to the world as a total moron. More celebrities should take note of this and realize that they might want to think twice before they open their mouths to discuss someone in politics or in the news.