The latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars:The Force Awakens hits theaters pretty soon, and JJ Abrams’ upcoming film has been one of the most talked about topics on the internet. When the trailer first came out in October, it received its share of criticism, particularly from very vocal racist trolls who took offense to the fact that the cast features multiple people of color, and called for a boycott of the film.
Twenty-three year old John Boyega, a newcomer to the franchise and one the film?s leading men stars as a Stormtrooper, a character who critics say must be white skinned clones.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Boyega responds in a brilliant way to how he felt about the call by critics to boycott the film, expressing that he was fine with the prejudiced comments, particularly since according to him, pre-sale tickets have gone through the roof. ?Their agenda has failed?, he says.
I?m grounded in who I am, and I am a confident black man. A confident, Nigerian, black, chocolate man. I?m proud of my heritage, and no man can take that away from me. I wasn?t raised to fear people with a difference of opinion. They are merely victims of a disease in their mind. To get into a serious dialogue with people who judge a person based on the melanin in their skin? They?re stupid, and I?m not going to lose sleep over people.
Boyega also spoke his truth when asked if he felt proud of being a part of the increasingly diverse franchise.
I don?t know whether I?m proud or anything. I?m happy that we?re able to mesh together in this ensemble cast and create a wonderful story. It?s Hollywood?s fault, for letting this get so far, that when a black person or a female, or someone from a different cultural group is cast in a movie, we have to have debates as to whether they?re placed there just to meet a [quota].
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens opens on December 17 in the United Kingdom &?Australia and December 18 in the United States.