Star Wars: The Force Awakens- John Boyega Addresses Criticisms Over Black Stormtrooper

Ever since the release of the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans have been analyzing every frame of footage to death. We did our own analysis/breakdown, which you can read here. However, above all the talk about the new lightsaber and the Millennium Falcon, one complaint has risen: Why is there a black Stormtrooper?

Let's clear something up first, because for some people this is a legitimate misunderstanding. In Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, it was established that all the troopers fighting on with the Republic were all clones, and we know they are white. What most people don't know is that after the execution of Order 66 and the fall of the Republic in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, the troopers were no longer clones and they began to recruit people in order to have the army size needed to maitain their control. If people didn't know that, then it's understandable why they would be confused over John Boyega playing a Stormtrooper. 

Boyega was asked about the criticsm about his role in the movie, to which he responded:

“Get used to it."

He definately handled this the best way he could. He didn't attack those attacking him. He didn't get really upset about (though he had every right to). He just acknowledged that he knew they were saying this and said that it was to be explained. I thought he handled this the best way he could.  

And for those who are upset because a Stormtrooper is black, and solely because he is black, I am angry with. What does it matter to you what color a character is? What does it matter? They're not breaking continuity. They're not disrespecting you in any way. Why does it matter to you, really? And why aren't you just glad that got a damn awesome trailer? Why do you have to pick it apart to where you're complaining about race? I'm sorry for the rant but I find the whole think so ridiculous. 

We don't even know for a fact that he is a Stormtrooper. Remember in Star Wars: A New Hope, Luke wore a Stormtrooper suit. It could very well be a similar situation. 

What do you think? Do you like Boyega's comments? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nate
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