Evangeline Lilly Is Sorry and Social Distancing
She called her past comments "dismissive."
More than a week after she drew ire from just about everyone (Sophie Turner included), Evangeline Lilly apologized for her "dismissive" and "arrogant" Instagram post that stated that she valued personal freedom over the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a new Instagram post, she explained that she had intended to "infuse calm" into the situation, but realized that she was projecting her own fears into the conversation and realized that many people were scared and traumatized by their own experiences and the news cycle. She let her followers know that she is social distancing with her family and adhering to directives to stay inside.
"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," she began. "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."
Her apology continued, saying that she sees the very real suffering and fear that's out there and didn't mean to stay silent after her initial statement, which may have been seen as an act of defiance.
"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 continued. "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 finished her caption with a thank you to medical workers and everyone she sees social distancing and helping others in this trying time.
"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," she added. "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."