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While celebrities usually have to behave a certain way when they get attached to big movie franchises, Star Wars’ John Boyega has always been very vocal about his advocacies and has no qualms about telling fans online what’s on his mind.
With the whole world at an uproar with the death of George Floyd, Boyega has joined the protests in London, and you can watch him speaking over crowds with a megaphone:
.@JohnBoyega delivers a passionate speech during the protest in London. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/pw2Z1wfKLs
— Star Wars Stuff (@starwarstuff) June 3, 2020
Boyega has also made it clear that he doesn’t care if he ‘doesn’t have a career after all this,’ but it looks like Lucasfilm is also standing by him when it comes to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Here’s the post from the official Star Wars account on Twitter:
We stand with and support you, @JohnBoyega. View his full speech: https://t.co/Goxb5y2wrK pic.twitter.com/ZvE0t5tRPY
— Star Wars (@starwars) June 3, 2020
Admittedly, there are some people in the comments who are bashing Lucasfilm for sidelining Finn when it comes to promotional materials in China, but at this point, I think it’s more important to see what’s happening now, rather than to prevent people from speaking up because of things that happened years before.
I have to say, though Boyega’s character had been sidelined in The Rise of Skywalker, Finn’s role of eventually leading an uprising has somehow become meta and is happening in real life. The images of Boyega standing over the crowd even look reminiscent of this concept art from the cancelled Star Wars: Duel of the Fates:
We don’t know how long these protests will last for, but Boyega sure is admirable for taking a more active role when it comes to these protests. Takes a lot more than just covering Imagine to try and bring some change.