In a now-deleted Instagram post that was shared on Twitter, the former women’s heavyweight champion came to the defense of anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers.
“People don’t seem to understand that just b/c some folks don’t wear masks, don’t want the shot, don’t listen to the media or live in fear…it doesn’t mean they don’t ‘believe’ the virus is real or think they can’t get it,” she wrote. “They know it was created to harm humanity!”
Laila Ali out here wildin with anti-mask, anti-vaxx, anti-science and conspiracy religious rhetoric. Sheesh 😒 pic.twitter.com/84LcjiJBhn
Ali said that people who are refusing to get the vaccine are exercising their rights and relying on their faith.
“They simply choose to build up & trust their own immune system like they have been doing all their life,” she argued. “If they get it, they will deal with it!! It’s a God-given choice. I know, this kind of faith is impossible for some to comprehend. But lean not on your own understanding.”
She also suggested that everyone should do their due diligence regarding the vaccine and urged people to make their own decision.
“Before you claim they are ‘putting others in danger,’ you should do your own research to learn if that’s actually true. You can’t change anyone but yourself, So YOU DO YOU!” she wrote.
Twitter was swift to respond to Ali’s views on masking and the vaccine.