Star Wars: The Force Awakens Star John Boyega Attacked On Social Media By Racists Has A Message, “Get Used To It,” Highlight Hollywood News

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega has posted a message directed at both fans and critics, who went viral with racist comments about seeing him in the upcoming Star Wars film.   Boyega, 22, whose scene in the film’s teaser trailer led to some online criticism of a black Stormtrooper, appeared to address those comments on his Instagram page Saturday.  

“To whom it may concern … Get used to it,” he wrote. After that sentence, he included a smiley-face emoticon.

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Boyega, who starred in 2011’s Attack the Block, also thanked fans for their positive feedback. “Thank you for all the love and support,” Boyega’s message read. “I’m in the movie, but as a Star Wars fan, I’m very excited.”

 

 

This is not the first time that a film’s casting has led to racially charged remarks from fans. When the cast of the first Hunger Games film was revealed, there was online chatter about the character Rue being played by a black actress. More recently, Aussie born bigot and racist Rupert Murdoch defended the all-white cast of Exodus: Gods and Kings, which features Egyptian characters.  Memo to Rupert Murdoch, who runs the right wing propaganda machine, Fox News Channel:  Egyptians are not white, just because you have billions and minions who follow your every word, doesn’t make your lies true.  As any fact-checker who monitors Fox Nuts proves daily.

 

 

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver and hits theaters Dec. 15, 2015.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Walt Disney Studios
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