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It's “business as usual” for Evangeline Lilly.
“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.”
Lilly's decision to send her children to an extracurricular activity sparked some backlash from fans, who questioned her decision not shelter in place like many people globally.
“No Corona House Arrest?” one fan asked. Lilly replied, “Not for this family.”
“I’ve always been a fan of yours. But I’m sorry, you are being extremely selfish and irresponsible with people’s lives,” one user wrote, while another added: “You know, carriers with no symptoms do exist.”
Lilly defended her stance in replies to the comments, downplaying the deadly virus as a “respiratory flu” and perhaps even a political ploy: “There's ‘something' every election year,” she wrote.
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“Where we are right now feels a lot too close to Marshall Law (sic) for my comfort,” Lilly wrote, referring to martial law, the replacement of normal civilian functions with temporary military authority by a government.
She continued: “Let’s be vigilant right now… keeping a close eye on our leaders, making sure they don’t abuse this moment to steal away more freedoms and grab more power.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Lilly's representative for comment.
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Lilly doubled down on her stance, saying she's currently living with her two young children and her father, who has stage 4 leukemia.
“I am also immune compromised at the moment,” Lilly wrote. “I have two young kids. Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices.”
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Lilly's defense did not sit well with her followers.
“When you choose not to do your part within the community, you are choosing to kill people – sounds dramatic but it’s true,” one fan commented.
The actress soon started to trend on Twitter.
“I love Evangeline Lilly and I’ve always dismissed her problematic ways but the fact that’s she’s refusing to quarantine bc she thinks covid19 is a political hoax is driving me up the wall. YOU ARE PUTTING PEOPLE’S LIVES AT RISK LADY. So disappointed,” one user tweeted.
I love Evangeline Lilly and I’ve always dismissed her problematic ways but the fact that’s she’s refusing to quarantine bc she thinks covid19 is a political hoax is driving me up the wall. YOU ARE PUTTING PEOPLE’S LIVES AT RISK LADY. So disappointed. pic.twitter.com/xdRC4Cp5lt
— sarah (@Hxrrysmammaries) March 18, 2020
Others pointed out the coronavirus diagnosis of Lilly's “Lost” co-star Daniel Dae Kim.
“Wow…Daniel dae kim tests positive for covid-19 the same day evangeline lilly says she refuses to self isolate. Not a great day for a lost fan, ill tell you that,” one user tweeted.
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