Evangeline Lilly Apologizes for Dismissing Social Distancing: Now, ‘I Am Doing My Part to Flatten the Curve’

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Actress Evangeline Lilly has walked back her controversial comments saying that she would refuse to self-quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic because she values her freedom.

In a Thursday Instagram post, the Ant-Man and Lost actress apologized for her earlier “insensitivity, “ saying that she is now staying at home with her family and practicing social distancing. But the Hollywood star noted that she is following local government guidelines despite her “intense trepidation over the socioeconomic and political repercussions of this course of action.”

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Hello everyone. I am writing you from my home where I have been social distancing since Mar 18th – when social distancing was instituted in the small community where I am currently living. At the time of my Mar 16th post, the directives from the authorities here were that we 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, PLEASE KNOW I AM DOING MY PART TO FLATTEN THE CURVE, PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND STAYING HOME WITH MY FAMILY. 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. Grandparents, parents, children, sisters and brothers are dying, the world is rallying to find a way to stop this very real threat, and my ensuing silence has sent a dismissive, arrogant and cryptic message. My direct and special apologies to those most affected by this pandemic. I never meant to hurt you. When I wrote that post 10 days ago, I thought I was infusing calm into the hysteria. I can see now that I was projecting my own fears into an already fearful and traumatic situation. I am grieved by the ongoing loss of life, and the impossible decisions medical workers around the world must make as they treat those affected. I am concerned for our communities – small businesses and families living paycheck-to-paycheck – and I am trying to follow responsible recommendations for how to help. Like many of you, I fear for the political aftermath of this pandemic, and I am praying for us all. At the same time, I am heartened by the beauty and humanity I see so many people demonstrating toward one another in this vulnerable time. When I was grappling with my own fears over social distancing, one kind, wise and gracious person said to me “do it out of love, not fear” and it helped me to realize my place in all of this. Sending love to all of you, even if you can’t return it right now. EL

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Lilly’s original Instagram post on March 16 sparked a swift backlash against the actress, with critics accusing her of acting irresponsibly and potentially putting others at risk.

“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,” she wrote. “Grandparents, parents, children, sisters and brothers are dying, the world is rallying to find a way to stop this very real threat, and my ensuing silence has sent a dismissive, arrogant and cryptic message.”

She added: “My direct and special apologies to those most affected by this pandemic. I never meant to hurt you. When I wrote that post 10 days ago, I thought I was infusing calm into the hysteria. I can see now that I was projecting my own fears into an already fearful and traumatic situation.”

Lilly isn’t the only Hollywood star to apologize for her comments about the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this month, actress Vanessa Hudgens was pilloried on social media after she referred to self-quarantining as “bullshit,” adding that people dying from the coronavirus is “like, inevitable.”

Hudgens later expressed contrition for her comments, saying that her words were “insensitive and not at all appropriate.”

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