'Star Wars'' John Boyega Fights Back Against His Racist Critics

"I'm in the movie, what are you going to do about it?"

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"Get used to it." That was the message John Boyega had for all his haters after the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens dropped, and some very tone-deaf fanboys voiced their disapproval over the inclusion of a black Stormtrooper. Those familiar with Star Wars mythology know that technically Stormtroopers can only be clones of Jango Fett, which leaves little room for racial diversity, but clearly director J.J. Abrams is breaking free from that kind of rigidity.
 
In a new interview with V Magazine, Boyega expanded on his original statement. "I'm in the movie, what are you going to do about it? You either enjoy it or you don't. I'm not saying get used to the future, but what is already happening. People of color and women are increasingly being shown on-screen. For things to be whitewashed just doesn’t make sense."
 
Boyega's casting was considered a major step forward, since none of the previous Star Wars films featured a person of color in a lead role. As for Boyega, he's hopeful for a day when that kind of casting is no longer noteworthy. "It's about getting people to drop a prejudiced state of mind and realize, 'Oh shit we're just watching normal people.'"
 
Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out December 18.