‘Stars Wars’ Is Finally Standing up Against Racism After John Boyega Called Them out
From the moment he stepped on to the scene as Finn in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega has been an outspoken voice for Black visibility on screen and the Black experience in his native U.K. and in the United States. Now, amid protests that have erupted following the deaths of several Black people at the hands of the police in the U.S., Boyega has been one of the most vocal and outspoken celeb voices.
For over a week now, Boyega has been using his social media platforms to call out injustices, to take racist white people to task for their anti-Blackness and racism, and shaming them for deflecting the issue.
Though some trolls have tried to shut him down, Boyega has reminded people where he comes from, sharing factual information and letting them know that he’s not some character on the movie screen. Now, Star Wars has finally come forth to back him.
John Boyega is not here for racism or racists
Though trolls have tried to deter him from his message, Boyega won’t be deferred. “So heartbreaking to hear about the continuous cycle of violence aimed at black people by racist cops,” he said on Instagram. “Murder charges only. #justiceforgeorgefloyd First post where I’ve had to turn off comments. Ain’t none of you getting the last word today. That’s that.”
Boyega is also forcing people to stay on task when it comes to widespread anti-Blackness and police brutality against Black people specifically.
“Don’t waste time tweeting ‘you need to talk about police brutality against white people’ go for one of your celeb coons for that,” Boyega wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “That Star Wars movie got you lot all the way fu*ked up. I am staying on topic. We are addressing a specific issue.”
‘Star Wars’ fans criticizing John Boyega missed the entire point of the films
It’s no secret that fans of Star Wars have had a long history of sexism and racism. In fact, Boyega’s co-stars Daisy Ridley and Kelly Marie Tran have been driven off of their social media accounts as a result. However, this is the first time, Boyega has had to turn off his comments on some of his Instagram posts.
Now, fans of Star Wars and Boyega are calling out others who completely missed the point of the series. “Isn’t it mad that people can watch movies like Star Wars and understand why people are rebelling and fighting against oppressive, harmful and corrupt systems but don’t understand it when it happens in real life,” one fan tweeted. “They can watch the Star Wars resistance fight back and blow up things against heavily armored storm troopers working for an evil system But unarmed real people rioting against heavily armored violent & corrupt police is an insane concept to them.”
‘Star Wars’ is finally standing up against racism
Star Wars as a franchise doesn’t exactly have a long history of inclusion. Prior to Boyega, James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, and Donald Glover were the only Black people in the franchise’s 40-year history. Newcomer, Naomi Ackie joined the franchise in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Now, the franchise is finally standing with Boyega. Star Wars released a statement on Twitter that read, “We stand against racism. We stand for inclusion. We stand with our fellow Black employees, storytellers, creators, and the entire Black community. We must unite and speak out.”