“Star Wars” fans got a glimpse of “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” in a teaser released on Nov. 28, 2014. Along with the chill-inducing John Williams score, and seeing the Millennium Falcon soar through the air, the first face of the new film is that of actor John Boyega (“Attack the Block”) in the iconic stormtrooper outfit.
Boyega’s appearance sparked online chatter due to the fact that he is the first black stormtrooper that we’ve seen on-screen. Sadly, some of that chatter was negative, and rather despicable. (There’s still a raging comment war at the YouTube video.)
Stormtroopers, some fans are arguing, are clones of a white bounty hunger Jango Fett. Of course, others are pointing out that eventually the ranks of stormtroopers were made up of recruits rather than clones. (There were also female stormtroopers.) Others are just calling the criticism out for what it is, thinly veiled racism:
— Nestlé Snipes (@ChocnessMonsta) December 1, 2014
There are people angry that there’s a black stormtrooper? Really? IT’S A FILM ABOUT PEOPLE FIGHTING WITH LASER SWORDS YEAH — Benjamin Lee (@benfraserlee) November 28, 2014
But the best response came from Boyega himself, who posted the following text to his Instagram account:
by SARAH GRAY