John Boyega: Star Wars actor rails against racism after George Floyd death

Lawrence Kim
May 29, 2020

Floyd, a black man, died after pleading that he couldn't breathe while a white police officer kneeled on his neck.

Boyega's initial Tweet, "I really fucking hate racists", now has 1.3m likes, but came in for criticism for Boyega's hard-hitting tone and use of an expletive. He said in a video, "I'm not even apologizing, first of all". "Even within the face of demise this man was given zero empathy", Boyega posted on Twitter on Wednesday, with the hashtags "#RIPGeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd". "F-- that. So I'll say it again, f-- you racist white people".

"If you don't f--ing like it, go suck a d--, seriously".

Star Wars actor John Boyega took to social media to name out racism and mourn for George Floyd, the person who died after a Minneapolis police officer was filmed weighing down on him with a knee on his neck as he gasped for air.

While a lot of Twitter users were supportive of Boyega's sentiments, there were some who criticised his rhetoric, saying that racism could be aimed toward white people too.

Boyega didn't seem especially appreciative of people trying to twist his words to fit some "we are the world" type of narrative so he hopped on Instagram Live and made it officially clear that if you're a white fan of his and you exhibit racist tendencies that his only words to that group from this point on is "f*ck you". Again, Boyega stuck by what he said, replying: "I said what I said. I wasn't raised by no weak people", he continued. "#RIPGeorgeFloyd#BlackLivesMatter#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd", Boyega tweeted on May 27.

In an Instagram Live, Boyega gave a passionate speech about the issue.

Boyega's posts on Twitter had sparked discussion about Black against White racism, and so the actor had to clarify on Instagram what he meant. "Speak up for yourself at all times". That's got nothing to do with how you treat people. I don't need you on my page.

"There's no way that I have the opinion that there's no other forms of racism".

Jacob Frey, the mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has also called on the arresting officer to be charged for Floyd's death. Following his death, protests broke out across the US and all four police officers involved were fired. Of course, there are other forms of racism", the Pacific Rim: "Uprising star said. All four officers in the footage have been sacked from the force and the FBI has opened an investigation into their conduct.

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