Lead Star Wars actor John Boyega accidentally sent out an invitation for racists to come out of the closet all over his social media accounts when he tweeted out what should have been a simple and universal sentiment: “I really f***ing hate racists.” In spite of the fact that he did not specify race in this five-word tweet, many took this as a personal attack and in doing so, admitted to the world that they are racist.
Twitter academics tend to make something out of nothing. Fack em. https://t.co/U7XEFZdEzb— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020
After that, Boyega did specify that his tweet was in response to the killing of George Floyd that occurred when a white cop knelt on the man’s neck for several minutes, cutting off the blood flow to his brain. When more people complained and criticized him for daring to be angry about the kind of racism that directly threatens his life, he posted a video on Instagram ripping into these racists.
“Of course there’s other forms of racism,” he said, referring to common derailing tactic used by racists online. “But a black man was just murdered in cold blood, in the streets, Stateside, again, while saying that he can’t breathe. That’s a continuous cycle going on.”
The actor went on to warn his fans that he wouldn’t be intimidated into silence and that anyone caught saying anything racist on his social accounts would be immediately blocked.
“If you’re a fan of me and you support my work and you’re racist and you’re arguing with what I was saying, f*** off. You f***ing d***heads.”
Boyega has been increasingly outspoken about social issues, particularly since the latest Star Wars trilogy finished. He posted a number of tributes to George Floyd on his Twitter account as well as retweets from other Black individuals decrying “All Lives Matter” hashtags.
He got plenty of support from better fans and other celebrities for standing up to racists, as well as from his mother.
My mum "Good boy" 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020
Some folks only like black people who step and fetch, shuck and jive, dance, sing, perform or play a sport (see Diamond and Silk).— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 27, 2020
But the moment we speak out against white supremacy, as John Boyega does, they tell us to shut up and entertain them.pic.twitter.com/6qfpD02F1o
The people tweeting that John Boyega shouldn’t be using his platform to speak out “until he’s bigger in the industry” are showing their nyash as the type of people who will sit by and watch others suffer.— machine gun Kele (@kelechnekoff) May 27, 2020
John Boyega said he hates racists and his mentions have been filled with white guys going “woah woah woah buddy, I’ll have you know that not all racists kill black people. In fact, I myself, hate the blacks and I’ve never killed one”— Osa (@osatundeoni) May 27, 2020
John Boyega is spitting so much I might just watch Star Wars for the first time— 27 (@ViniOrViIIain) May 27, 2020
I really respect John Boyega for what he did. Not a lot of people would.— Melissa (@MelsWardrobe) May 28, 2020
Imagine being the person complaining at John Boyega for saying racism is bad. Imagine. #GeorgeFloyd— Callum says “stay inside!” Burroughs (@CallumBurroughs) May 27, 2020
Thank you for being you, John Boyega.