Many Shazam! followers have been shocked this weekend when Zachary Levi, who stars within the common DC superhero franchise, mentioned he was in “hardcore” settlement that COVID-19 vaccine producer Pfizer “is an actual hazard to the world.” Levi adopted up his tweet by doubling down and sharing a hyperlink to a Justice.gov press release about Pfizer paying $2.3 billion as a part of a fraud settlement again in 2009. “Only one instance of what I’m referring to…” he tweeted alongside the hyperlink.
The Each day Beast reached out to Levi’s consultant to substantiate whether or not or not he identifies as an anti-vaxxer, and we’ll replace this text within the occasion of a response.
However it’s not the primary time that Levi, an affable presence beforehand lauded for his titular function on the NBC present Chuck, has raised eyebrows along with his controversial takes. Earlier this month, the actor posted a clip of his look on the Shawn Stevenson podcast The Mannequin Well being Present by which he rails towards American pharmaceutical companies’ commercials.“We’re carte blanche, ‘Do no matter you need, do the imagery of a man and a lady on a date having a… throw that soccer by that tire, be in that bathtub, no matter it’s, you recognize, and barely discuss in regards to the unwanted side effects,’” he says within the clip.
The Levi-Pfizer controversy has additionally had many individuals resurfacing a clip of the actor on The Joe Rogan Expertise and expressing his admiration for Jordan Peterson, the right-wing, all-meat-diet-obsessed self-help guru. Levi referred to as Peterson “one of many deepest thinkers I’ve ever heard break down, like, human conduct.” Notably, that episode was launched not lengthy after Peterson had been suspended from Twitter for his anti-transgender feedback in regards to the actor Elliot Web page; within the clip, Levi doesn’t right Rogan after the host deadnames Web page.
Once more, this isn’t the primary time Levi has been referred to as out for his public political opinions. In 2018, he was chastised for a tweet concerning white males main conversations about racism and sexism. “Saying that males can’t lead significant conversations about sexism, and that white folks can’t lead significant conversations about racism, is each sexist and racist,” he said. “Reality doesn’t care about privilege, nor do those that search it.”
And again in 2020, Levi ruffled feathers with social media posts by which he appeared to empathize with Trump voters. Days after Joe Biden’s presidential victory, Levi wrote on Instagram, “My hope and prayer is that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris reply that very name, in the identical method I hoped and prayed that Donald Trump would do the identical.” In a tweet that very same day, he said, “I’m no fan or supporter of Trump, and I discover his conduct to be vulgar, callous, narcissistic, and missing empathy. And whereas I’m not a Conservative, I do know many who backed 45 not as a result of they appreciated him, however as a result of he was the one candidate they felt cared about their wants.”
“Ought to’ve stopped right here,” one person replied, erasing the remainder of Levi’s tweet after the primary sentence.
Moreover, Levi, who identifies as a Christian, gave an interview final 12 months to CBN (Christian Broadcasting Community), the community based by The 700 Membership Pat Robertson, who has a historical past of homophobic and sexist feedback.
Sadly for DC followers, this complete state of affairs has solid a shadow over the discharge of the long-awaited sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods, due out in March. For sure, that ought to be an fascinating press cycle for Levi and for the already embattled studio, which has lengthy been cursed by plenty of messy behind-the-scenes drama.