On the same day when the US overtook China to record the world’s highest number of cases of coronavirus, actress Evangeline Lilly, who made the pandemic light last week, apologized for her statements. Lilly’s post has attracted criticism from celebrities like Sophie Turner and Maggie Grace.
The star, known for The Hobbit movies, the Marvel movies and the TV show Lost, took to Instagram on Thursday to give an apology. “Hello everyone,” she wrote, “I am writing you from my home where I have been social distancing since Mar 18th – when social distancing was instituted in the small the community where I am currently living.”
She added, “At the time of my Mar 16th post, the directives from the authorities here were that we do not congregate in groups of more than 250ppl and that we wash our hands regularly, which we were doing. Two days later, those directives changed and, despite my intense trepidation over the socioeconomic and political repercussions of this course of action.” She said she was doing what she could to ‘flatten the curve.’
She continued, “I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID19.”