tumblr_nuaevl90am1u496xso1_1280Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th and since the premiere date was announced, the internet has been buzzing with anticipating, speculation and even outrage regarding frivolous lightsaber-related details. One detail in particular though, upsetting only the narrow-minded of the bunch, is the fact that Attack The Block star John Boyega was cast as the first Black Stormtrooper. But if you think he’s sitting around writing poems about how people can be so cruel, think again.

“It was unnecessary. I’m in the movie, what are you going to do about it? You either enjoy it or you don’t. I’m not saying get used to the future, but what is already happening. People of color and women are increasingly being shown on-screen. For things to be whitewashed just doesn’t make sense. All the films I’ve done have had a secret commentary on stereotypical mentalities. It’s about getting people to drop a prejudiced state of mind and realize, Oh shit we’re just watching normal people.”

His two previous roles were that of a gang leader and a reformed gangster so John is more than familiar with the stereotypical roles most Black actors are typecast into. In The Force Awakens, He plays Finn, a Stormtrooper who Boyega says has a unique narrative never before seen in the Star Wars Universe. Finn’s character is in conflict, mostly with himself but also with the powers,” he tells V Magazine. We’ll find out what those powers are in two months time.

Most of us wouldn’t think of setting foot in the theater for a Star Wars release, but we might just give it a chance.

As for the small-minded fans holding fast to their stale sense of normalcy, you can have all the seats you require. In other words, you all will deal.

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  • CoolChic

    i’m not losing any sleep over racists. Neither should anyone else.

  • Chazz A

    I’m not a Star Wars fan so I can’t comment on the any of the movies. However, I will comment on the irony of subtle racism as it relates to fictional characterization.
    White males, on average, tend to live their lives, vicariously, through fiction.
    I remember how they reacted once they found out that Jame Earl Jones did the original voice for Darth Vader. The same biased attitude is happening with John Boyega’s character. It seems that a black face or voice disrupts the white male’s fantasy ego of what a fictional character should represent.

  • The talent of black people has always been persistent and strong. Racist haters can never stop the path of justice at all. John Boyega’s statements clearly outline the central point that people will have to get used to more and more people of color expressing them in such a platform as Star Wars. Also, the Star Wars movie series has many black people in them who played their roles in an excellent, pristine fashion. People who have a problem with him playing a storm trooper are clearly desperate for attention and ignorant. Racists are not people to be worried about at all. Karma will get them and many of those racists are more upset at a fictionalized character than they are at the system of white supremacy. The fact of the matter is that black people can be intellectual, strong, patient, and display a diversity of human personal characteristics. We live by the credo that qualified, talented people deserve an opportunity to shine their gifts to society.

  • The article’s penultimate sentence was sort of ignorant. I don’t know who the “us” in “most of us” is, but there are black folk AND women aplenty in the hoards of Star Wars fans. Get your head out of the sand.

    • disqus_lf6g9x393E

      stay blessed!