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.
Actor John Boyega at the UK premiere of "Attack the Block" in May 2011. | Photo: Getty Images
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 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.”
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.”
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.
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.