Actor Zachary Levi, most famous for playing the main character in the superhero movie Shazam!, was trending on Twitter, and not in a good way.
The celebrity responded to a Tweet saying that Pfizer was a danger to the world, agreeing with the post. Obviously this spurred a lot of people to assume he was referencing the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, saying that it was a danger and people shouldn’t take it.
This had a lot of people wondering if the actor would still be part of future DC movies, and James Gunn, the head of the franchise, had this to say in an article at Variety: “I can’t be changing my plans all the time because an actor says something that I don’t agree with.”
Levi later followed up by saying this is what he was talking about and posting a link to an article from 2009 where Pfizer got busted for healthcare fraud. This had nothing to do with the Covid vaccine, and might mean he was taking more of a stance against Big Pharma in general, but that doesn’t mean he’s free of controversy. Here’s why:
A clip resurfaced on Twitter of Levi on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” admiring right-wing Jordan Peterson, known for his transphobic comments, such as purposely misgendering and deadnaming actor Elliot Page, as well as being opposed to human rights organizations and people “forcing” their pronouns on him. Levi said on Peterson: “He is one of the deepest thinkers that I have ever heard.”
So while Levi’s recent tweet about Pfizer might not have been about anti-vaccination, he is on record, on a podcast that has a history of controversy, supporting people known for their transphobic ideas.
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By Inti Navia, Senior, ChiArts