James Gunn Addresses Backlash Over ‘Shazam’ Star Zachary Levi’s Anti-Pfizer Tweet – Deadline
As the DC Universe enters Chapter One of its era under bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran, Zachary Levi created quite the “fury” on social media after tweeting a message that was anti-Pfizer.
Levi quote-tweeted a message by Lyndon Wood that read, “Do you agree or not, that Pfizer is a real danger to the world.” The Shazam! actor added, “Hardcore agree.”
Although Levi didn’t mention Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, many users on Twitter interpreted his tweet as being anti-vax. Following the backlash, Levi tweeted a link to a release from The Department of Justice which announced the drug company was set to pay $2.3 billion in a settlement for fraudulent marketing.
Gunn addressed the backlash during the DC presentation of their new projects when a reporter asked, “Zach Levi, a couple of days ago, tweeted something about vaccines, got some people upset. Don’t know if you have a comment on that.”
Gunn responded, “Actors, filmmakers I work with are going to say things that I agree with and things that I don’t agree with. That’s going to happen. I don’t have a list of things that somebody should say because of what I think. I can’t be changing my plans all the time because an actor says something that I don’t agree with.”
“By the same token, if someone is doing something morally reprehensible, that’s a different story. We have to take that stuff into account. It’s a balance, it’s a modern world, it’s a different place.”
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is set to premiere on March 17.
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