The Star Wars fever is sweeping the globe and with this, the one of the film’s lead actors John Boyega won a silent victory against racism. Weeks before the release of the iconic film, there was an online movement to boycott the movie because “it is anti-white propaganda promoting #whitegenocide.”
This post totally encapsulates what happened:
The post reads:
To those who joined the movement to boycott Star Wars and questioned the casting of a black man in the lead cast — you lost this one. Big time. In an age of institutionalized racism, thank you for exposing yourselves as a putrid, festering disease.
In John Boyega’s wise words: “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… The presale tickets have gone through the roof — their agenda has failed. Miserably. I just don’t get it. You guys got every single alien in this movie imaginable to man — with tentacles, five eyes. Aliens that, if they existed, we’d definitely have an issue. Yet what you want to do is fixate on another human being’s color. You need to go back to school and unlearn what you have learned. I think Yoda said that, or Obi-Wan.”
New York Times interview, Dec 9 2015
Do you agree with this?