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Evangeline Lilly Faces Backlash After She Refuses to Self-Quarantine During Coronavirus Crisis

Evangeline Lilly
Evangeline Lilly faces backlash for refusing to stay home during Coronavirus. | Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reports that not much has changed for Ant-Man actress Evangeline Lilly. Although many people around the world are self-quarantining to limit the spread of Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, the Lost alum is continuing her normal routine.

"Just dropped my kids off at gymnastics camp," Lilly, 40, wrote on Instagram Monday. "They all washed their hands before going in. They are playing and laughing." Her decision to send her children to an extracurricular activity sparked major backlash from her followers, who questioned her decision to not stay at home with her kids like many people globally.

Responding to her fans’ concerns and judgmental comments, Lilly made people even angrier by revealing that she's living with her father, who has Stage 4 cancer and thus a compromised immune system. “I am also immune compromised at the moment,” she added. “I have two young kids. Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices.” She also said that she considers COVID-19 simply a “respiratory flu” and believes the government is taking too much control, writing, “where we are right now feels a lot too close to Marshall [sic] Law for my comfort.”

The actress is referring to martial law, the replacement of normal civilian functions with temporary military authority by a government. Lily apparently believes that Coronavirus is just a political ploy. "Let’s be vigilant right now," she continued. "Keeping a close eye on our leaders, making sure they don’t abuse this moment to steal away more freedoms and grab more power."

People had strong opinions about the actress' actions and voiced them Twitter.

Needless to say, the internet is slamming the actress, with one even calling her a "nasty piece of work" for risking other families as well as her own, and others referencing Lost by saying she must have stayed lost on the island.

Well you heard it here first, folks: Evangeline Lilly is ignoring the advice of knowledgable doctors and scientists around the world. Hopefully her dad, along with her entire family (and her included!), will be okay during this pandemic.