John Boyega made two things abundantly clear on social media Wednesday â€” he hates white-on-black racism and thatâ€™s not up for debate.
The â€œStar Warsâ€ actor found himself in a bizarre situation after speaking out against police brutality toward Black people following the tragic death of George Floyd â€• who died Monday after a Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck.
â€œThis just burns,â€ Boyega tweeted alongside a photo of Floyd. â€œSeems 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.â€
He followed up a few minutes later with another tweet that simply said: â€œI really fucking hate racists.â€
Although many agreed with Boyegaâ€™s sentiments, some people actually responded with counter-arguments â€” like suggesting â€œhateâ€ was too strong of a word.
â€œI said what I said. Speak for yourself at all times x,â€ he retorted.
Some criticized the actorâ€™s use of â€œfucking,â€ pointing out that he starred in a family-friendly franchise, that he has young followers on social media and that his language â€œwonâ€™t look good to the house of mouseâ€ (an apparent reference to Walt Disney Studios, which distributed his three â€œStar Warsâ€ films).
Boyega wasnâ€™t having any of that.
Then there were those who wanted to remind Boyega that racism exists in all kinds of communities â€” and the actor had no problem noting that was not the point of his initial tweet.
Many on Twitter were similarly bewildered that Boyega had to defend his comments. Some also had their theories as to why.
The actor also took the defense of his comments from Twitter to Instagram Live, where he stated once again that he â€œhates racists with a passionâ€ and that he was â€œnot apologizingâ€ or going to â€œback downâ€ from that opinion.
In his speech, which was shared widely across Twitter on Wednesday, Boyega told his followers to â€œignore people that come through and try to make these situations what theyâ€™re not.â€
â€œOf course, thereâ€™s other forms of racism,â€ he said, referring to some of the criticisms he received on Twitter. â€œBut a Black man was just murdered in cold blood, in the streets â€¦ again, while saying he canâ€™t breathe.â€
He added: â€œSo Iâ€™ll say it again: Fuck you, racist white people. I said what I said.â€
Boyega also stressed that his comments had nothing to do with his career or money and that heâ€™s â€œnot Hollywood.â€
â€œAll those things were just a part of my dream, just a part of working, that has nothing to do with how you treat people.â€
To make it extra clear, Boyega said, â€œIf youâ€™re a fan of me and you support my work, and youâ€™re racist and youâ€™re arguing about what Iâ€™m saying, fuck off, you fucking dickheads.â€
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