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Letitia Wright on Daily Wire promoting ‘Sound of Hope’: Not My Decision

After the faith-based film “Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot” opened in theaters, one of its executive producers, “Black Panther” star Letitia Wright, distanced herself from the film’s partner The Daily Wire, the right-wing media company founded by Ben Shapiro .

“To be clear, after we completed production on this film, Angel Studios was brought on board to handle distribution and they later partnered with The Daily Wire,” Wright wrote in a statement published on Instagram. “It was not my decision, and I was not updated or made aware of this decision. I am in no way aligned with or affiliated with The Daily Wire. I am grateful to anyone who positively wants to champion this film and campaign for to serve children. But I do not accept using this beautiful film for divisive political purposes.”

Amount has reached out to The Daily Wire and Angel Studios for comment.

On June 13, 2024, The Daily Wire announced that their streaming service, DailyWire+ had struck a deal with distributor Angel Studios to release “Sound of Hope” in theaters. It was announced that the film, produced by Peacetree Productions, was purchased by Angel Studios — the distributor behind the 2023 hit Christian thriller “Sound of Freedom” — in February.

“Sound of Hope” tells the true story of Bishop WC Martin and Donna Martin, who led an effort with families from their church to adopt 77 children stuck in the foster care system. “By doing the impossible … this East Texas community proved that with real, purposeful love, the fight for America’s most vulnerable can be won,” the logbook of Angel Studios website.

On the film’s July 4 release date, Daily Wire columnist and conservative pundit Matt Walsh posted a thread on X promoting “Sound of Hope”. In it, he wrote, “Today, leftists are trying to stop Christians from saving more children,” among other inflammatory comments about transgender children in foster care.

The Daily Wire has promoted “Sound of Hope” in other ways as well, including one recorded call between Shapiro and the real Bishop Martin.

“It’s a shame to see pockets of online discourse take a divisive political turn. This story is not about politics, it’s about children. … Any conversation that detracts from it is unnecessary and harmful,” wrote Wright, who has been vocal about his devout Christianity.

Wright added that “despite all of this, I firmly believe that this film will rise above the discourse to speak for itself.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Wright was criticized for sharing anti-vaccine sentiments on social media, prompting the actor to temporarily delete his Instagram and Twitter accounts. She later denied a report that claimed she espoused an anti-vaccine position while working on the set of the 2022 Marvel sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

“Sound of Hope” has grossed $7 million at the U.S. box office since its July 4 opening. As the distributor did with “Sound of Freedom,” Angel Studios has initiated a “Pay It Forward” system, which converts donations into free movie tickets that can be claimed. A similar campaign helped propel 2023’s “Sound of Freedom” to $250 million worldwide.

Read Wright’s full statement below:

Producing this film with Peacetree Productions, to tell the incredible story of Bishop WC Martin, First Lady Donna Martin and all the incredible families of Possum Trot has been nothing short of inspiring. We have created a beautiful film that gives a voice to vulnerable children, with the hope that families across the country and the world, regardless of faith, race or diversity, would come together to help children, to be moved to make a difference in any way they can.

That’s why it’s a shame to see small pockets of online discourse take a divisive political turn. This story isn’t about politics, it’s about children. It’s about sacrificial love for children who have experienced unimaginable horrors and how grassroots communities – like the community of Possum Trot – can help provide the safe, loving homes they so desperately need. Any conversation that detracts from it is unnecessary and harmful. The potential for this film to positively change lives is far too important.

To be clear, after we completed production on this film, Angel Studios was brought on board to handle distribution and they later partnered with The Daily Wire. It was not my decision, and I was not updated or made aware of this decision. I am in no way aligned with or affiliated with The Daily Wire. I am grateful to everyone who positively wants to fight for this film and campaign to serve children. However, I do not accept using this beautiful film for divisive political purposes. That’s not why I joined the project.

Despite all of this, I firmly believe that this film will rise above the discourse to speak for itself, and I encourage audiences everywhere to be inspired and witness the incredible true story of how a small church community changed the lives of 77 young children in Texas, and become part of the movement to change the lives of children across America and the world.

If we don’t fight for them, who will?

Love & respect.

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