‘Star Wars’ Actor John Boyega Rebuts Critics on Social Media

By December 1, 2014

The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a definite highlight to the end of last week, certainly giving fans of the saga taking place in a galaxy far, far away something to be thankful for as we inch closer to the December 2015 release date for the new film. It wasn’t all smiles, though, as certain fans and observers online seemed to make some less-than-courteous comments about one aspect of the forthcoming film, seemingly at the sole expense of one of the new cast members.

Apparently, some outspoken fans are perplexingly taking issue with the fact that a Stormtrooper is black, and have been all too happy to speak out about it. Boyega, 22, recently took to Instagram to post his appreciation for the support of many fans that have been expressing it, while also reserving some words just for the people who seem to take issue with the role he’s playing:


Seems like a perfectly reasonable response, especially considering an “issue” that has about as much merit as trying to decide whether or not a Bantha poops like a rabbit, or like a dog. And that’s even before we take into account that what we managed to catch a glimpse of was a carefully designed teaser trailer, giving very little (if any) context to the images we’re actually seeing. Boyega’s response is just about perfect when aimed at both supporters, and detractors. If you want to get canonically technical, most hardcore Star Wars fans also know that Stormtroopers and Clonetroopers are not the same. During the Clone Wars, Clones filled all the roles in ground combat and as pilots in the Republic Navy. By the time the Empire had transitioned to the an enlisted military, anyone could become a Stormtrooper or an Imperial Pilot (including, in the expanded universe, Han Solo as a young man).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18th, 2015. For more on the new addition to the Star Wars saga as it develops, be sure to keep a tab open to GeekNation.

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  • Cara

    No one is upset BECAUSE he’s black. They’re just confused because he doesn’t look like Jango’s clone and never thought that the Empire can recruit and that you don’t have to be a clone to be a Stromtrooper.

    • Patrick

      The Clone Troopers died out long before Episode 4 “A New Hope” according the Star Wars story line if you count the fact that the cloning facility on Kamino was destroyed in the game “The Force Unleashed 2.” In the Star Wars radio drama it was mentioned, if I recall, that they were recruiting for stormtroopers. So recruiting black people for stormtroopers sound perfectly reasonable.

      • Cara

        Well I know that but a lot of other people don’t. They need someone to explain it to them rather than act like it is a race thing and go off on them. Most people aren’t being racist, just confused.

    • Chad

      I didn’t think much of it, I just assumed he was in disguise like how Han and Luke were in the first Star Wars movie. Pretending to be a Storm Trooper and somehow he got knocked off a ship or something. Not that wild of a theory lol. (From what I remember reading, rumor wise, was that he most likely a Jedi).

      • Cara

        I thought so too. I just read a bunch of comments on Facebook where this link was posted and people were all up in arms. People are freaking out about something that is such a non-issue. He, as you said, is most likely a Jedi anyway.

  • Truth Speaker

    This is a MANUFACTURED controversy. No one has complained about his race! Star Wars fans are some of the most open-minded people on our planet! Ever hear of a guy named Lando?

    • Brian Charles Connaghan

      If there are complaints, it’s from Yahoos who don’t know the Star Wars time line. Or are just being trolls. Lots of trolls out there.

  • Nick

    My only issue with this scene in the trailer where he is in a stormtrooper outfit is that it looked like a gag. He looks like Tracy Morgan and everyone knows Tracy as a comedian.

  • jerryc48134

    What if he actually isn’t a stormtrooper? We’ve seen this before when Luke and Han disguised themselves as stormtroopers.

  • Scottie Carpenter

    FYI Bantha’s are huge they would not poop like a rabbit or dog, they would poop more like an elephant.

  • David Manhart

    We have never seen a storm trooper take off his helmet. For all we know, ONLY black men are storm troopers.