John Boyega of 'Star Wars' Says He Hates Racists and Had to Defend Himself from Backlash
John Boyega was unapologetic when he came to his defense following tweets bashing him for his hateful comments against racists.
In a tweet less than a day ago, the “Star Wars” actor expressed his dismay over a clip of a racially-charged incident that went viral.
In the clip, George Floyd, a Black man from Minneapolis arrested for alleged forgery, was being pinned to the ground by a White policeman whose knee was pressed against Floyd’s neck.
He was begging to be released because he couldn’t breathe. Seconds later, Floyd became unconscious and later succumbed to his death.
The FBI and Minnesota law enforcement authorities are investigating the arrest of George Floyd, a black man who died after being pinned to the ground by an officer’s knee. Hundreds of people gathered in Minneapolis to protest the conduct of the officers. https://t.co/0nhwJHul83— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 27, 2020
The clip outraged Boyega who first tweeted his disgust by writing,
“This just burns. Seems to be a never ending cycle. The murderers need to be charged severely. Even in the face of death this man was given zero empathy.”
Shortly after, he followed up with the stronger sentiment “I really [expletive] hate racists.
Boyega’s charged tweet received several reactions, some of which criticized him. One woman reprimanded him by writing, “we can’t conquer hatred with hate,” to which Boyega replied, “I said what I said, speak for yourself.”
This just burns. Seems to be a never ending cycle. The murderers need to be charged severely. Even in the face of death this man was given zero empathy. #RIPGeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/gyuaoC6vUh— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020
Boyega also belittled another tweet that compared his hatred of racism to an incident involving the commenter who broke up with his girlfriend upon learning she hated Whites. He told the commenter that the kind of racism he was against “has ruined the world.”
Hate us a strong word 🤔, we can’t conquer hatred with hatred . We rather say we hate their attitude— Ife (@IfeIfeolarinde) May 27, 2020
With the extent by which he was being slammed, Boyega was forced to defend himself in a clip on his Instagram live on Wednesday.
Unapologetic for his tweets, the British actor stated that he “hated racists with a passion” especially after a Black man was killed in cold blood while saying he couldn’t breathe.
I am talking about WHITE on BLACK racism. The kind that has ruined the world not caused a lil break up with your girlfriend.— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020
Boyega further explained that his comments were not driven by him being a Hollywood star. How people are treated was his main concern.
He also expressed his disinterest towards his fans who are racist, using expletives to tell them to mind their own businesses.
Since the viral incident, the four policemen who were involved were fired by the Minneapolis Police Department. The city mayor was supportive of the decision.