Despite the social awareness that comes with time and progress, stars like John Boyega and Moses Ingram have had to face and fight the issues of racism during their tenure under the public spotlight. With increasing access to public speech platforms associated with big franchises, a faction of the fandom has found a way to target and abuse actors of color and their roles in respective films and series.
However, people have become more vocal about issues of racism, gender politics, and sexual identity in the past few years. Although it is still disrespectful to the progressive society of modern times, the fight that paved the road to freedom and equal rights has a long way to go, and that has been made clear by Star Wars actors, John Boyega and Moses Ingram.
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John Boyega Addresses Racism Faced Under Lucasfilm
John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega, known professionally as John Boyega, rose to stardom after a slew of successful films in Hollywood, such as Attack the Block (2011), Imperial Dreams (2014), and The Circle (2017). However, it was his appearance within the Lucasfilm universe that catapulted him to fame and stardom almost instantaneously.
Boyega first appeared in the Star Wars film The Force Awakens in 2015 as Finn, the First Order Stormtrooper FN-2187. He soon after revived his role in The Last Jedi (2017) and The Rise of Skywalker (2019). However, it wasn’t until much later that his troubles during his tenure at Disney would become public. Boyega publicly spoke out in 2020 about the racism coupled with a blatant sidelining of his role in the franchise that he faced during his years there.
Boyega Appreciates Disney’s Stand With Moses Ingram
After the launch of the latest Star Wars series on Disney+, Obi-Wan Kenobi, the actor Moses Ingram who plays Inquisitor Reva, also known as Third Sister, became the victim of online hate mail, threats, and racist comments. Disney+ swiftly followed up by issuing a public statement condemning such actions and series lead Ewan McGregor posted a video statement stating he and everyone at the franchise stand beside Moses Ingram and claimed that people making such racist comments cannot call themselves true Star Wars fans.
Such forthright action and treatment of these serious issues without deliberation has brought back John Boyega’s attention to the abuse that he had endured during his time. He has appreciated the efforts and the initiative taken by the franchise and the streaming platform with Moses Ingram.
“I’m the one that brought this to the freaking forefront!… At least the people going into it now, after my time, [they’re] cool. [Lucasfilm] is going to make sure you’re well supported and at least you [now] go through this franchise knowing that everybody is going to have [your] back. I’m glad I talked out everything at that time.”
However, this is not the first or the last that we will see such condemnable actions being brought to the forefront and fellow actors having to publicly speak out in order to stop the online onslaught of hatred. Actors such as Candace Patton had also spoken out against the racism and ignorance on matters of diversity that she faced under CW. Star Wars actors like Kelly Marie Tran and Ahmed Best are among numerous others who have faced such issues as well.
Source: Star Wars News Net