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Sequel Trilogy star John Boyega has recently made headlines with his criticisms aimed at Disney for sidelining POC actors; and while Boyega has started a discussion online, Disney had dropped the premiere date for The Mandalorian Season 2. While that’s all well and good, some are wondering if this was done purposely to distract from Boyega’s message.
Clone & Rebel Transmission admin @Andy_peachey had posted this on Twitter, speculating that Disney had delayed the Mando 2 announcement so they can have something to distract fans with when Boyega’s GQ article came out. Here’s the post:
So here's what happened, they were going to announce this last Friday when I predicted they would but then it got changed at the last minuite because of the damning Boyega interview. https://t.co/i7jswaABzH pic.twitter.com/jEMgzwTcoK
— Andy Peachey (@Andy_peachey) September 2, 2020
Talking to GQ, Boyega had displayed his grievances with the studio when his character Finn (as well as Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose) was sidelined toward the end of the trilogy with The Rise of Skywalker. He said:
“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.”
“Like, you guys knew what to do with Daisy Ridley, you knew what to do with Adam Driver. 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**k all. So what do you want me to say?”
These are some very serious accusations, and it definitely puts Disney, who has been trying it’s best to stay politically correct, in a bad light. If it was any worse you’d think that Disney would have just premiered The Mandalorian 2 on the very day the interview was published.
For now, this is all just speculation, but you wouldn’t put it past Disney to try and do some damage control. After all, the reason for their success is all about branding, and anything that stands in the way of that could pose as a serious threat.
Hopefully the Mouse House will address Boyega’s statements down the line and give better opportunities for more POC workers.
The Mandalorian Season 2 premieres on Disney+ on Oct. 30.