On Sunday, actor Zachary Levi posted a tweet critical of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, which left fans wondering if he was opposed to vaccinations.
The star of Shazam, which will be releasing a sequel to the hit superhero movie Shazam! Fury of the Gods on March 17, quote tweeted a post from an account which was from an account which openly criticized Pfizer and other vaccines. The post asked if users “agree or not, that Pfizer is a real danger to the world?”
Levi, 42, wrote in his retweet, “Hardcore agree.”
Levi’s comments were made in the early hours on January 29 and were soon followed up with another reposted tweet, attaching a link to a report from the Justice Department that announced the “largest healthcare fraud settlement in history,” indicating Pfizer was responsible. This was originally released in 2009.
Levi added, “Just one example of what I’m referring to…”
The latest tweets from the star prompted backlash from social media users, who offered their own opinions in the replies to the tweet.
“Chuck was good but not good enough for you to be doing all this…” wrote one user.
“Blocked for disappointing nonsense,” wrote another.
A third added, “Here I was, actually kind of excited for your movie. But nah. I’m not supporting you now.”
Others, however, defended Levi, with one writing, “the way people jump to conclusions and assume the worst is the most toxic part of twitter.”
Singer/songwriter Five Times August cited the 2009 scandal, saying, “The same people who were at the company in 2009 are the same people who are at the company now. Just sayin’…”
The post also came just hours before Levi announced that his father had passed away after a long battle with cancer.
He shared a heartbreaking message titled “Papa D” and wrote, “Many of you have been asking for an update on my dad, Darrell. Though he fought valiantly until the end, my pop passed away peacefully a few days ago, surrounded by friends and family.”
The “American Underdog” star continued, “Watching anyone slowly die of cancer is one of the worst experiences I can attest to. But knowing that he is no longer trapped in his decaying body, and now singing karaoke in heaven, gives me so much peace and joy.”
The star expressed that all the “love” and “prayers” that were sent to his father has given him, “even more faith in humanity. Know that he felt and appreciated it all, as did our whole family.”
Levi concluded, “Sending you all endless love and light right back.”
“Hug those you love. Hug ‘em tight. Talk about everything you need to talk about. Say all the things. And when the time comes, release them to journey back to where it all began. Back to paradise. A place we’ll all be so lucky to return to some day,” he added in the caption.
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