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"For things to be whitewashed just doesn’t make sense": John Boyega of Star Wars responds to twitter trolls

"People of color and women are increasingly being shown on the big screen"


Asha Parker
October 21, 2015 7:46PM (UTC)

The release of the trailer of the newest Star Wars film 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' was met with excitement... and racism.

While most fans rushed to order presale tickets, causing crashing and loading issues on purchasing platforms, a handful led a movement to boycott the long-awaited film.

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The hashtag #BoycottStarWarsVII trended briefly on Twitter when some fans were angered by the fact that British actor John Boyega - who is black - was chosen to play a Stormtrooper in the film.

Watch how Boyega responded to the twitter trolls below:

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