Monday, December 1, 2014

John Boyega Responds To Haters In The Best Way

In six Star Wars movies, there have been a total of two black characters.  Neither of which could be considered a main protagonist or antagonist.  Now, the new upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens has a black leading man, and it is about time.

His name is John Boyega.  He is British, he is a good actor, and he starred in one of the best movies in the past decade.  It was called Attack the Block, and if you haven't seen it, you are a fool.

Boyega's is the first face we see in the newly released trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII. The actor pops into frame sweaty, panting, and clad from the neck down in the distinctive (but subtly updated) plastoid armor of an Imperial stormtrooper. It was great to see Boyega (dude killed it in Attack the Block), and exciting to see him dressed in stormtrooper gear (NO MORE JANGO CLONES), but others have been less than pleased to see a black man dressed as an Imperial soldier.

Yes, people, who could be accurately described as "racist fucktards" are unhappy that not only is a stormtrooper a black man (despite not knowing anything about the plot) but that there is simply a black man in their Star Wars.

Yesterday, Boyega responded to these criticisms in a brief postscript, appended to the end of a note thanking his supporters for their fan mail and fan art. It reads:

Thank you for all the love and support! The fan mail and fan art has added to my joy! Isn't it crazy that Star Wars is actually happening? I'm in the movie but as a star wars fan I am very excited. A year is a long time but it will be worth the wait. 
To whom it may concern: Get used to it. :)
See?  All you assholes out there, you need to just:

Yes.
Now go watch Attack the Block.  Seriously.  






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