One of the most interesting things the new Star Wars teaser trailer brought us on Friday was a black stormtrooper, and apparently people have a problem with that. However, the actor who plays the character that pops up in the clip has choice (and classy) words for those criticizing him.
John Boyega is his name, and after the much talked about video finally surfaced online a few days ago, some didn’t think that stormtroopers can be black. The notion is a bit crazy because we really don’t know the race or gender of the guardians of the Dark Side.
There is no revelations as to who they are or what they look like and we can safely assume that the Star Wars newcomer is probably hiding his true identity behind the stormtrooper costume. This is how Wookepedia: The Star Wars Wooki defines the guards.
“Stormtroopers were the elite soldiers of the Galactic Empire. Like Imperial-class Star Destroyers and TIE fighters, stormtroopers served as ever present reminders of the absolute power of Emperor Palpatine. These faceless enforcers of the New Order were considered an extension of the Emperor’s will…
At no time there is a revelation of who is behind the stormtroopers masks on any Star Wars, except when Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) go to rescue Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in A New Hope, knocking out a couple of the elite soldiers and taking their armor to sneak into the belly of the Death Star.
After the revelation of Boyega wearing the stormtrooper costume created controversy (if you are unsure as to why, you are not alone), the Star Wars actor is telling everyone to shut up and get used to it. Boyega took to his Instagram to thank all the support he has received after the release of the teaser trailer, and had an awesome side note for critics.
It is not the first time that a Star Wars movie includes a black actor. We had Billy Dee Williams famously play Lando Calrissian, one of Han Solo’s mercenary pals who helps the trio escape the Empire. Samuel L. Jackson was also cast as the Jedi Master Mace Windu in the prequels.
It is safe to assume that if the actor behind the black stormtrooper would have been white instead, nobody would have made comments, and we wouldn’t even be talking about it. We don’t even know what the plot is and how the character comes to be in the middle of nowhere in a stormtooper costume, but just in case you want to take a look at the Star Wars teaser trailer again, here it is.
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