‘I Said What I Said’: John Boyega Is Calling out People on Twitter and the Internet Is Here for It
Following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody, Star Wars actor John Boyega tweeted about his hatred of racists and condemned white on black racism in an Instagram Live. The actor received widespread support from celebrities and social media users for taking a stance, but some still fought the actor on his uncompromising message. In his Twitter replies, Boyega made it clear that he does not care what others think and he will keep standing up for what he believes in.
John Boyega tweeted after the death of an unarmed black man
In Minnesota on May 25, Floyd died in police custody after a white police officer kneeled on his neck even as Floyd pleaded that he could not breathe. Following his death, protests broke out across the U.S. and all four police officers involved were fired. Jacob Frey, the mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has also called on the arresting officer to be charged for Floyd’s death.
“This just burns. Seems to be a never ending cycle. The murderers need to be charged severely. Even in the face of death this man was given zero empathy. #RIPGeorgeFloyd#BlackLivesMatter#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd,” Boyega tweeted on May 27.
Boyega also tweeted, “I really f*cking hate racists.”
The actor shared a message about Floyd’s death on Instagram, and he turned off the comments on his post.
Some called out the actor for his explicit language
In an Instagram Live, Boyega gave a passionate speech about the issue.
“There’s no way that I have the opinion that there’s no other forms of racism. Of course there’s other forms of racism,” he said. “But a black man was just murdered in cold blood in the street Stateside again, while saying he can’t breathe. That’s a continuous cycle going on. Although I don’t live in the States, I’m black.”
While Boyega received widespread praise for speaking up, some took issue with the actor’s message and tone. However, Boyega made it clear that he is going to continue to use his platform as he sees fit.
One fan tweeted at Boyega to stop swearing since young Star Wars fans looked up to the actor.
Boyega replied, “This is my own personal account. I am not here for the kids.”
Another Twitter user encouraged Boyega to stop spreading “hate.”
“I said what I said. Speak for yourself at all times x,” he tweeted back.
John Boyega was praised for speaking out
As Boyega continues to speak out against those who attack his message and platform, the actor has received praise from other celebrities and from people online.
“Reading through the comments @JohnBoyega received on his tweet should make your blood boil. The resurgence of white supremacy is very real. It’s 2020, and the ubiquity of white on black racism is horrifying. We have a long way to go #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd#JusticeforAhmaudArbery,” actor Dylan O’Brien tweeted.
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown tweeted, “I adore @JohnBoyega. Like LOVE love! That’s it. That’s the tweet.”
Because so many people were tweeting in support of Boyega, the actor trended on Twitter on May 27.