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John Boyega, star of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens posted a very classy message via Instagram directed at both fans and racist haters after the film’s teaser trailer sparked online criticism of a ‘Black Stormtrooper’.

With love xxx

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“To whom it may concern … Get used to it,” he wrote. After that sentence, he included a smiley-face. Boyega also, thanked his fans for all their positive feedback and support.

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Credit: “Star Wars” Teaser Screen Shot

As we all know this isn’t the first time (see Hunger GamesBlack Panther) a Sci-Fi/Comic film’s casting of a someone Black led to racist comments and remarks from fans. As for us, we are very excited to see Boyega in Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it hits theaters on Dec. 15th.

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  • Mary Burrell

    This the third or fourth time for this same foolishness. These racist are just stuck on stupid especially when it’s about fictional characters. They did the fool about Idris in the “Thor movie” and the young actress in the “Hunger Games” and now this Star Wars movie. They have no problem seeing us be buffoons and helpless darkies who need the help of the good white woman or some other subservient role where the black person has no dignity or pride. Shaking my head at their foolishness.

    • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

      You know it, my friend. But what is the response when people want to see diversity in a Bible epic? ‘Aliens built the pyramids…probably’, ‘Cleopatra was Greek!’ (completely relevant to a story takes places thousands of years earlier), for a while the Great Zimbabwe was built by built by the risen Atlantis, ‘If it were believable it wouldn’t be marketable’, ‘Egyptians weren’t black’, (they were Danes with tans, evidently), as if anyone ever said that everybody in Egypt was Amistad Black, and if they’re non-religious they pull out the truly condescending, ‘Well, it’s just fairy tales for dopes, so why are you stupids so worked up over race?’, yeah, because theology is the issue.

      If they can ignore the reality of trading relationships with groups that weren’t Phonecians and Greeks, like say, the Nubians and Sudanese, ignore that both the Nubians and Sudanese held high positions in elite military forces (let’s not even bother with governmental positions, they won’t try to engage with the mere possibility), or make the stunning lapse in logic barring the existence of legs and/or wheels with which people could travel, (yes, some could travel when feudalism didn’t have them tied to the land, ever hear of the Bering Strait, you silly cow?) and take freaking Pliny the Elder as a geographical expert and Rupert Murdoch as as a sociologist/anthropologist specializing in ancient northern African societies, they can absolutely freak out about fiction while ignoring non-fiction. Also: you don’t have to be a monotheist to have heard of trade routes, you monumental dumbass, stop intentionally missing the point.

      And don’t bother asking a lot of present-day Egyptians, you won’t get a different answer. Whoever you are, anyone who doesn’t think you’re white will let you know that at some point, sucking up and distancing won’t change that.

      You realise this film is less progressive than DeMille’s The Ten Commandments? At least then, even though the footmen were Black, some kid acknowledged, ‘Nubians!’ Don’t know why she found them to be such a curiosity, but at least they were dignified. This time, she’d be saying, ‘Grampa, Vikings!’ But wait a minute, ‘Oh wait, I guess there were cats on the other side of the paper bag, after all. We are all one, for you see, even back then we had thugs and slaves: that’s universal! Keep shaving down that Sphinx nose, Sully!’ Mohammed So-And-So isn’t bankable because you’ve always found a reason not to let that happen and are perpetuating it to this day, so don’t me that, ‘What can I do? I’m only one extremely respected, powerful and wealthy man who is given free reign to pursue the indulgently ‘perfectionist’ aims of my choice: my hands are tied, I have no voice!’

      That’s all completely reasonable and we should feel sympathy and awe and ‘know when to fold ’em’ and ‘walk away’ when world and film ‘history’ is used as a cudgel, but cast a (kind of) Black girl to play the role of a Black girl, or stick a Black dude in the fake robot suit (I’m sorry, I can’t care about that story) and it’s the biggest injustice in the history of the world. Jackasses.

  • [email protected]

    The reality is that black people have always been actors, doctors, scholars, educators, theologians, etc. throughout human history. The haters’ views don’t matter. Essentially, John Boyea has the right to play in that role in Star Wars if he wants to. Black people are filled with intelligent, caring, strong, and compassionate human beings. The diversity of our lives and the power of our stories should not only be shown but respected. The malcontent haters should get used to it. We aren’t going anywhere.

    • CourtneyrrR

      He answered that racist troll. or those racist perfectly and also, this is why this having black people in sci fi movies, becomes very important.As if ,black people are not in the future. smh .lol

      Also, we have to start supporting more movies like the sci fi movie, Will Smith did with his son jayden etc. After Earth was really good. Father and Son and the changing of a boy becoming a man,with the guidance of his father.

      How people had an issue with this, was TRAGIC!! got to get out of that box.smh

    • [email protected]

      I agree Sister Courtney.

      Brothers and Sisters have the every to be eclectic or to get out of the box creatively.

    • CourtneyrrR

      After Earth was really good. And a great message.Fathers helping their sons through obstacles, helps them to build character.Every man should know this.Every woman should realize this in men. Its about a certain way of surviving out here.In a smarter more empowering way. We have to see and start looking for these kind of things in MEN for our future children.I think the movie is amazing and i’m glad that Will and Jayden did it. it has nothing to do with money but more about the messages.

    • [email protected]

      I agree with you 100 percent Sister Courtney.

      Have a Great and Blessed Day.

    • John Henry

      It was a great movie. The hate for this movie is irrational.

    • CourtneyrrR

      I agree.

  • Mary Burrell

    And he responded to this haters with class.