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Star Wars Star John Boyega Made a Video For His Critics
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Being a Star Wars star is undoubtedly a pretty cool gig, but it can also come with some unpleasant strings, like trolling from the toxic wing of the franchise’s fan base. Kelly Marie Tran was subjected to such vicious online harassment that she quit social media all together. And while Finn actor John Boyega has remained a lively social media presence, he’s been subjected to trolling and racism, too. But the actor posted a video to social media Friday proving that he’s willing to respond to his keyboard critics.
In the inventively edited clip, Boyega punches, kicks, lightsaber battles, and scooters over tweets from critics, who are in this case largely Reylo shippers who haven’t taken too kindly to his poking fun at their beloved pairing. After demolishing their online missives, Boyega ends the montage by saying, “Glad I got that out of my system.”
Boyega’s never been one to bite his tongue when it comes to his role in the Skywalker series. In an interview with Hypebeast last month, the actor described Finn’s arc in The Last Jedi as “feeling a bit iffy.”
“I didn’t necessarily agree with a lot of the choices in that,” said the actor at the time.
When asked about internet trolls by Variety, Boyega said that it was “weak to believe in every single thing that you read” online, which some took as a criticism of his co-star Tran. He later apologized for the “badly worded” remarks.
He’s always made it clear that he doesn’t believe in treating trolls with kid gloves. “If you don’t like Star Wars or the characters understand that there are decision-makers and harassing the actors actresses will do nothing,” the actor tweeted last year. “You’re not entitled to politeness when your approach is rude. Even if you paid for a ticket!”
Gabrielle Bruney is a writer and editor for Esquire, where she focuses on politics and culture.