John Boyega Addresses Harassment

The Actor Speaks Out On Harassment of Star Wars Actors

Star Wars fans have been in the news a lot over the past few years. Unfortunately, a lot of it has been due to some pretty terrible behavior. In the wake of a flood of harassment, The Last Jedi actress, Kelly Marie Tran, deleted her Instagram posts which prompted an outcry of support from both fans and fellow actors, including her co-star John Boyega.

The actor, who plays Finn in the new Star Wars films, is no stranger to internet harassment himself. As soon as it was made known that he would be playing a Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens, the actor received more than his fair share of racist comments from fans upset over seeing a black man in a Stormtrooper uniform. Yesterday, he took to Twitter to address the fandom harassment.

And when one fan, in particular, took shots at Boyega’s character, he shut them down pretty quickly.

However, Boyega did end things on a positive note as he thanked the fans who have been “putting themselves in [the actor’s] shoes.”

While this type of behavior from the fandom is completely unacceptable, many have justified it by veiling their harassment in the form of criticism over the new movies and characters. But what do you think? Are fans crossing the line, or do they have a right to criticize (harass) the actors from their favorite film franchises? Was John Boyega right to say the things he said? Let us know in the comments below.

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Director of Podcast & Technical OperationsAfter developing a love of Star Wars and comic books as a child, Zohner was destined to be a geek. With interests touching on computers, video games, tech, books, TV and movies, and toys and collectibles, he is the epitome of a well-rounded geek. When he's not writing articles or podcasting, he can be found managing projects for a software company or spending time with his family.

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