X-Men star Evan Peters has responded to the backlash from people online after retweeting a video that praised the police for tackling looters.
Evan Peters is best known for his various roles in American Horror Story, playing Quicksilver in the X-Men films, and is now rumored to have a role in Marvel Studios’ WandaVision. In the wake of George Floyd’s death, many people have participated in Blackout Tuesday by sharing an image of a black box, organizations that support the black community where donations can be made, messages speaking out against police brutality, and more on social media.
On Twitter, Evan Peters participated in Blackout Tuesday with a post of the black box, but people noticed the actor also shared a tweet of someone in support of the police for tackling looters. Peters isn’t particularly active on Twitter and many were disappointed to see the X-Men star retweet the video. Peters has since deleted the post, but you can see a screenshot of his retweet via Pop Crave along with the original video below.
Evan Peters is being called out for retweeting a video praising the police for arresting a protester/looter. pic.twitter.com/r682XxoTaZ
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) June 2, 2020
— Karim Vazquez (@RimHammer) June 2, 2020
Following the backlash, Evan Peters has responded by tweeting out the following:
I don’t condone the guy watching the news at all in the video which I have deleted. I unknowingly retweeted it. I’m deeply upset it got on my newsfeed. I sincerely apologize if anyone was offended. I support black lives matter wholeheartedly.
— Evan Peters (@Evan_Peters) June 2, 2020
Evan Peters’ Quicksilver was last seen in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Here is the synopsis for the film:
This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet — one of their own.
Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain.
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