Apparently, Some People Don't Think a Black Man Can Play a Star Wars Stormtrooper
Apparently, some people haven't evolved enough as human beings to comprehend the idea of a black man playing a Stormtrooper in a Star Wars movie. But British actor John Boyega, the 22-year-old playing the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, took to Instagram to silence his racist critics, saying: "Get used to it."
When the movie trailer was released on YouTube Friday, many people were excited to see a black actor playing a Stormtrooper, but some commenters were offended. YouTube commenter MalfoyHatesIslam wrote, "Dear Black People, We are FORCED to include you into everything awesome we do. You are anchors on our culture. Signed, White people who's ancestors weren't involved in slavery.ï»¿"
Bobagopaa's racism is even worse: "The thing is lando calrissian was a respectable and charismatic character who happened to be black. John ooga booga is some trayvon looking dark skin shoehorned in to meet the diversity quota by our aquiline nosed overlords.ï»¿"
Then there's "tuanoful," who claims he's not racist but has this to say about Boyega: "I'm not a racist, at all, but that black storm trooper really threw me off lol. I thought this was another joke, or fan made trailer."
You can go to the YouTube thread to get a bigger dose of the hatred, but I think you see where this is going. Boyega's Instagram post in response to the racial criticism was perfect:
CNN noted that there have only been a handful of black actors in the Star Wars series:
Despite the diversity of human and nonhuman characters mingling together in the fictional Star Wars universe, there have been just a handful of prominent black characters. Samuel L. Jackson played Jedi Master Mace Windu in three films, while Billy Dee Williams played Cloud City administrator turned Rebel General Lando Calrissian in two films.
James Earl Jones also provided the legendary voice for Darth Vader, but the actor under the mask was white.
CNN also provided some insight into how a black person could become a Stormtrooper in the Star Wars fictional universe:
In the "Star Wars" series Stormtroopers were originally clones of Jango Fett, an ethnic "Mandalorian" played by New Zealand-born actor Temuera Derek Morrison, of partial Maori descent. Later in the storyline, when Boyega's "black Stormtrooper" character would've lived, Stormtroopers were recruited from general populations—making a Stormtrooper of any race certainly feasible.
Check out the trailer that got so many people excited for both the right and wrong reasons: