John Boyega Opens Up
We all know Starwars, with John Boyega as Finn. He recently came forward to discuss the racism he faced and his feelings towards his character in the franchise.
Boyega talked about the discussion he had with an anonymous Disney executive, and converse about their feelings and their prospectives. He feels like it is important to use his platform to help spread awareness about these kinds of topics.
“It was a very honest, a very transparent conversation. There was a lot of explaining on their end in terms of the way they saw things. They gave me a chance also to explain what my experience was like.”
“I’d hope that me being so open with my career, at this stage, would help the next man, the guy that wants to be the assistant DOP, the guy that wants to be a producer. I hope that the conversation is not such a taboo or elephant in the room now, because someone just came and said it,” John continued.
Issues And Racism
On Wednesday, British GQ allowed John Boyega to address the issues he faced and how Star Wars failed the POC characters.
“You get yourself involved in projects and you’re not necessarily going to like everything,” Boyega says.
“But what I would say to Disney is do not bring out a Black character, market them to be much more important in the franchise than they are, and then have them pushed to the side. It’s not good. I’ll say it straight up.”
He also talks about how the POC characters were kinda just left in the dark, and how Disney excluded them.
“Like, you guys knew what to do with Daisy Ridley, you knew what to do with Adam Driver,” Boyega says. “You knew what to do with these other people, but when it came to Kelly Marie Tran, when it came to John Boyega, you know f*ck all. So what do you want me to say? What they want you to say is, ‘I enjoyed being a part of it. It was a great experience…’ Nah, nah, nah. I’ll take that deal when it’s a great experience,” John further explains.
He says he dealt with a lot of blatant racism, especially the backlash he had gotten from fans of the Franchise. He feels like he and others overlooked the situation, which now makes him angry.
John Boyega coming forward will help these issues come to an end in the future. Him coming forward about the events that happened while playing Finn helps people come to the realization and help spread awareness in topics like these.