It seems our racial finger-pointing knows no boundaries these days, bleeding over into a Galaxy far away.
In the teaser preview for the next movie to the Star Wars epic, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, we see a barren desertscape along with an unhelmeted stormtrooper who happens to be black, played by actor John Boyega.
Actor John Boyega has powerful words for anyone who’s disappointed he’s playing what appears to be a black Stormtrooper in the latest “Star Wars” film: “Get used to it.”
The 22-year-old British actor posted the message on Instagram yesterday after his appearance in the new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” aroused feverish discussion on social media. On YouTube, some questioned whether a black Stormtrooper made sense, while others reacted with racist remarks.
The inclusion of a black Stormtrooper in the seventh installment of the franchise became so controversial that it led to the hashtag #blackstormtrooper to surge as a trending topic on Twitter, leading to some writing overtly racist statements.
Most of the comments were on Reddit and Twitter, according to the Atlantic.
In the end, it’s just a film, one that won’t even hit theaters for another year-plus. And we have no clue what role Boyega will be portraying.
The movie, the seventh in the Star Wars film series, is scheduled for release on December 18, 2015.