British actor John Boyega has a message for anyone with a beef about his role as “the first black Stormtrooper” in the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” film.
Boyega’s character, who was revealed in the trailer, became the talk of Twitter on Friday. Critics questioned his place in the saga while others made racist comments. Boyega didn’t let the negativity get to him. He had this to say on Instagram Saturday:
With love xxx
Many of the tweets were from fans concerned that all Stormtroopers, as clones of a white man, Jango Fett, were expected to remain white.
“wtf a black stormtrooper” I guess a lot of ferguson cops watched the trailer — william (@wills1980) November 28, 2014
That black stormtrooper’s likely going to be one of the first to die. Black people always die first in hollywood films. @starwars — Amusement Buzz (@AmusementBuzz) November 28, 2014
“How about the stormtrooper who just realized he became the third black guy in the galaxy?”
— Juan (@juanmahenao) November 28, 2014
— Captain Murphy (@ohboyvidya) November 28, 2014
@JaxelT4 @ohboyvidya “Why does the only black man in Ep 7 have to hide his skin behind a shield of whiteness?”
— Oompa Loompa #3954 (@Monk_0) November 28, 2014
CNN explained stormtrooper lineage in its report Monday: “Stormtroopers were originally clones of Jango Fett, an ethnic “Mandalorian” played by New Zealand-born actor Temuera Derek Morrison, of partial Maori descent.
Later in the storyline, when Boyega’s ‘black Stormtrooper’ character would’ve lived, Stormtroopers were recruited from general populations — making a Stormtrooper of any race certainly feasible.”
Let’s hope that by the time the movie premieres on Dec. 18, 2015, Boyega will be getting accolades for his acting rather than his race.