Since the release of the teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit the Internet, there’s been some controversy over racists comments some have made over a black man appearing in the film as a Stormtrooper.
For those who have a problem with it, 22-year-old British actor John Boyega has four words for you: “Get used to it.” He offered a classy respond to hecklers via Instagram.
“Thank you for all the love and support! The fan mail and fan art has added to my joy! Isn’t it crazy that Star Wars is actually happening? I’m in the movie, but as a Star Wars fan, I am very excited! A year is a long time, but it will be worth the wait,” he wrote, before concluding with: “To whom it may concern… Get used to it.”
Racists remarks littered both Twitter and Youtube, questioning why the film has a black Stormtrooper. The hashtag #BlackStormtrooper soon became a trending topic.
Writer Iain Macintosh tweeted: “They’ll accept an alien-filled galaxy powered by ‘force’ but they’re not having a black man in uniform? ” USC professor Robert Hernandez also joined the conversation: “#BlackStormTrooper better not die first, or I am going to be pissed.”
CNN reports that in the Star Wars universe, Stormtroopers were originally clones of Jango Fett, an ethnic “Mandalorian” played by New Zealand-born actor Temuera Derek Morrison. Later in the storyline, when Boyega’s “black Stormtrooper” character would’ve lived, the soldierss were recruited from general populations, which would make them any race.
This isn’t the first time an African American has been cast in a Star Wars film. Actor Samuel L. Jackson played Jedi Master Mace Windu in three films, while Billy Dee Williams played Cloud City administrator-turned-Rebel General Lando Calrissian in two films. And interestingly, Darth Vader was white, but his voice over was provided by James Earl Jones.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is slated for release on December 18, 2015.