‘Star Wars’ Actor Responds to ‘Black Stormtrooper’ Comments: ‘Get Used To It’

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star John Boyega has one thing to say to those questioning the inclusion of a black Stormtrooper in the upcoming pic: “Get used to it.”

After the teaser for the highly anticipated seventh installment of the “Star Wars” dropped on Friday, some of the Internet’s chatter included criticism at the idea of a black Stormtrooper. Boyega appears in frame in the first few seconds of the teaser, donning one of the iconic Stormtrooper uniforms.

The 22-year-old Brit took to Instagram on Saturday to both thank fans for their support and address the criticism.

“Thank you for all the love and support!” he wrote. “The fan mail and fan art has added to my joy! Isn’t it crazy that Star Wars is actually happening? I’m in the movie but as a star wars fan I am very excited”

“To whom it may concern… Get used to it,” he added, including a smiley emoticon.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also stars Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. The J.J. Abrams-directed movie will hit theaters Dec. 18, 2015.

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  1. dave says:

    very disappointed the black guy part in this film was very weak, damn near a slave, he was given a name like a little boy his was a coward, the girl had more heart than him,no white guy would have played this part very weak.

  2. Cj Macintosh says:

    I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the many great contributions of the Democratic-voting black community and their culture to our society.
    Their peaceful and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture.

    Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people.

    Real estate values are fueled by the influx of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nurturing of these communities, an example of all they have achieved by their enthusiasm for self improvement through hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature.

    Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer as a nation—presently enriching the cities of Spokane WA, Chicago IL, Philadelphia PA, Washington D.C., St. Louis MO, New Orleans LA, Los Angeles CA, Flint MI, Baltimore MD, Pontiac MI, Newark NJ, Cleveland OH, Atlanta GA, Richmond VA, Memphis TN, Birmingham AL, Camden NJ; and let’s not forget Detroit, MI, the tourism capital of the world!

    • babarishka says:

      You are so right. Maybe in another 10 or 20 years we will be on par with sub-Saharan Africa. Actually, thanks to Obama’s AFFH legislation that he so deftly kept from the public’s attention, it may happen much sooner in every suburb across this great land of ours. I can’t wait – can you?

  3. Jon Smith says:

    A black actor in a film like Star Wars where in the original, not a single black actor appeared on screen (not counting voice-work) is simply OUT OF PLACE.

    This has nothing to do with racism reverse racism or any other controversy.

    A month or two, a black version of what was a similar premise to “Fatal Attraction” was released.

    I am all for equality, but in this case, the African American actor, for what the Star Wars franchise is, is simply a fish out of water and looks out of place. These actors with all respect are being crow-barred into these films (not to mention commercials) by the liberal progressive Jewish media. I am half Jewish but just telling it how it is.

  4. L.A. says:

    i’m confused at what the issue is. Is it because he is black? a derivitave of Africa? and how does that make it a cave in or cop out to include a person of color in a movie about worlds “far, far away” with people and aliens intermingling with no issues. there was yoda, ewoks, wookie’s, jaba, jar jar binks, etc etc and because this actor is black there is a problem? in your perfect world all blacks (I won’t use African American because he is from England) would be extinct?

  5. alain humbert says:

    Well, we should have been gotten used by now to this politically-correct-establishment-propped-up kind of attitude.

  6. alain humbert says:

    Well, we should get used to this kind of political-correct-establishment-propped-up attitude.

  7. David Chew says:

    It is very presumptious of Boyega to say GET USED TO IT. He has already lost a lot of fans through his arrogance. Let’s hope we will see THE LAST OF HIM after this movie. Another thing to note is that there are still large conservative audiences everywhere including the US, Europe, China and Japan who feel that there is already TOO MUCH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, reaching unrealistic levels in the case of Boyega in the Force Awakens. This growing backlash should be good feedback for the likes of George Lucas and other movie makers.

    • alain humbert says:

      David Chew,
      surprise surprise.
      When we know that h0ll0w00d is the University for leftard thinking :
      “Good is evil, evil is good ; Right is wrong, wrong is right”
      When Jackie Chan made “The Karate Kid 2” starring a well-know celebrity’s progeny,
      in order to grovel to the politically correct mob in the U.S., & ingratiating himself to same celebrity,
      he forgot to consult the barometer in China.
      Remember in the green version of “The Day The Earth Stood Still”, same much vaunted progeny was
      redundantly casted in it just because he’s the progeny of the no-less-hyper-vaunted celebrity.

  8. ex fan says:

    Its a casting cave in. Not a story blunder. The obvious cave to the pressure to cast this character in order to reach a “Broader” audience. Studio execs are breaking their arms padding themselves on the back for this one. Almost as bad as the casting for The Wild Wild West movie. Do it for the right reasons and not for the cave in reasons. We all know whats afoot here. Its not better. Its forced. Two thumbs down for caving. Enjoy the social engineering. Mindless Sheeple. Kumbaya! At least it wasn’t Will Smith.

  9. Lando4President says:

    It’s not an issue that he’s black. Lando was black too, and everbody loves Lando.

    • JR says:

      “ex fan” is correct. The casting is contrived and the film will probably fizzle like the prequels did.

      Casting minority characters to “broaden” the appeal of a film has a contradiction built right in. On the one hand, one is supposed to *notice* the tokenism in question by buying a ticket that one might not otherwise buy. On the other hand the studio gets free publicity by accusing everyone else of racism for…noticing the tokenism!

  10. Uncle Ben says:

    Typical, Star Wars had to become politically correct, and in doing so, ruined the whole concept of an original story. PC isn’t original any more than affirmative action is. Thankfully there are a few candidates who are overwhelmingly popular who despise the whole PC movement. Just that in and of itself shows how sick the country is becoming of the whole kiss ass PC movement. Failure Star Wars movie in the making… Next they’ll be saying that only black storm troopers lives matter…

  11. NewsCodex says:

    What surprised most people (or at least myself), is that the Stormtroopers are supposed to be Boba Fett clones. So a black Stormtroopers makes me think that he’s a rebel in disguise. Now with the “get used to it” comment, I’m confused all over again. Is he a Stormtrooper after all?

  12. Get used to it? FU! PC affirmative action crap.

  13. Darius says:

    His giant mouth makes him look like a carp. Terrible choice.

  14. Andrea C says:

    I can’t wait for someone to remake “Shaft” with a “white” person.

    • ex fan says:

      you might . This is such a cave in. I thought the brand was bigger than the pressure to do this. Studio execs are breaking their arms padding themselves on the back for doing this. Im surprised it wasn’t Will Smith. “I gotta git me one a these” Brutal.

    • Curbcooler says:

      Your comment doesn’t make the least bit of sense. John Boyega is not black wishing a white character his role is a new original
      Character you race baiting fool.

  15. SQJpure says:

    Awww man! That was an effing weak response!

    Get used to what? A black Lead character or a black Storm trooper????

    WHICH!?!

  16. I wanted to know how the writer will bring new life to the series. I love the way Star Wars capture the battle of good vs. evil. It was amazing to see how Darth Vader saw the light at the time of his so-called death. I can’t wait to learn who will replace Darth Vader as the person who the fan love to hated.

  17. ForbiddenFruitYum says:

    When seeing a Storm Trooper WITHOUT a helmet and then noticing that he doesn’t look like Jango…. I’m not surprised a lot of people were pissed.

    Course, people may realize that things could have changed and that the Storm Troopers might not be clones anymore, but it’s still troubling to see a Storm Trooper without a helmet.

    That said, I hope he’s a rebel/hero in disguise as a Storm Trooper or something like that, cause then it’d make sense.

    Though at the same time, while the reasons for the complaints would be the same, I do feel that it wouldn’t have been as hyped up if it were a white dude (I mean, a white guy getting hate for it wouldn’t be as interesting of a story as a black guy getting hate for it if ya know what I mean).

    • Gavin says:

      Stormtroopers were never clones of Jango, Palpatine phased them out (with the exception of a single army that remained jango clone only) and replaced them with an enlisted army occasionally supplemented by clones of various templates.

    • alain humbert says:

      Concerning the helmet,
      he doesn’t need one ;
      “if ya know what I mean”.

  18. I don’t think it’s so much a “racism” issue but a story inaccuracy issue. We’ve already seen in the previous movies that the storm troopers were all clones of one individual. He wasn’t Black. We’d be having the same discussion if the original clones were Black and a White storm trooper was shown.

    • Xxx says:

      Those would be clone troopers. This to movie takes place something like 80 years after the clone army was created. If you’re going to be a stickler for accuracy, try knowing what you’re talking about.

      • ForbiddenFruitYum says:

        I think your missing the point of his comment. He was stating that it wasn’t as much of a Racism issue as a canonical issue (and what people believe to be canon).

  19. I can’t wait to see the film when it finally debut in the theater next year. I just hope that John Boyega will have a big role in the movie .

    • Xxx says:

      No, I’m not missing the point. If you’re going to pretend your racist outrage is based on canon, then you better know what is canon. If you follow the GL “if it’s not on film, it didn’t happen” canon, there was one order of clone troopers by sifo dyas. If you take the EU crap into account, the clone facilities were destroyed between movies. Either way, you don’t hear anything about clones or cloning in the entire episodes 4-6. None of these idiots have the intellectual curiosity to look into WHY there might be a black storm trooper, it’s simply knee jerk racism. Episode 7 is like 60 years after episode 2 and those clones were already artificially aged, only a moron would think theyre the same still.

      • And I can’t believe idiots are replying to a post over a year old and still wrong.

      • The quote is “aren’t you a little short to be a storm trooper.” You can’t even get that right. And it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility there are height and weight requirements for the Star Wars military, just like the real one

      • Jeeve says:

        Actually Lea makes the comment ‘aren’t you too tall to be a stormtrooper?’ in A New Hope, clearly referencing the fact that stormtroopers are clones ie have same height.

  20. though the empire is known to be xenophobic… that applies to aliens not to race… plus the end of the clone troopers means that in the last few movies there may have been quite a few black storm troopers. so for me this is no big deal and for anyone to freak out is very silly. i’m going to enjoy this movie just as much ask the original 3.

  21. The fans of the Star War series must be losing a few neurons as they aged if they believe Star Wars is in any way…reality. People this is a science fiction story whether you find some of the characters similar to anyone, or not. John Boyega was correct…why are fans willing to accept new crazy, alien-looking characters and not accept the fact a storm trooper might be black. To keep Star Wars just like it has always been is to allow the story to become decadent and decayed. If the producers are spending millions to create a new series of a popular movie…why would they repeat the same old thing, over and over. Most fans want to see something different and new. You fans who only want to see white storm troopers…go rent Star Wars DVDS I through 6.

  22. I can’t wait to see the film next year and I learn all the question about the Star Wars saga that the trailer was bringing up.

    • I wanted to save my money and get a ticket to movie and learn what the trailer wasn’t telling me. We both know that the actor John Boyega won’t tell the reason why he is in a stormtroopers costume the producer told everyone to keep their mouth closed. Just waited and buy the movie ticket and watch the film next year.

  23. M.L. says:

    I have no idea what the comments in question were; there’s a lot of nasty stuff posted anonymously online and probably most of it is written by trolling adolescents (i.e. I think it’s foolish to take such comments too seriously).

    But as far as this casting choice, I think there are a couple of reasonable, non-racist objections.

    For one, in one of the more ridiculous instances of the way the latter day prequel films went overboard in revealing connections between the characters (e.g. Darth Vader is not only the father of Luke and Leia, he also created C3PO and used to own R2D2), in Episode 2 the stormtroopers were revealed to all be clones of Jango Fett (thus by extension Boba Fett, also a clone of Jango), and Jango was portrayed by a Maori actor. So having it be a young black guy is inconsistent (just as it would be if he were played by a blonde or a pale ginger or a Chinese person etc).

    But furthermore, the guy just doesn’t look badass enough to be a stormtrooper. If the stormtrooper were portrayed by, say, Idris Elba (of Pacific Rim fame, also black) I don’t think it would’ve produced as many objections. Boyega looks like a scared kid. Horrible casting.

    I wouldn’t get too excited about the new Star Wars movies anyway. The people who are making it are not likely to make good Star War films. The prequels were a disaster but these are likely to be even worse since they turned it over to a team that sees Star Wars as a sort of super hero movie (*shudder*).

    One thing that killed the prequels was that they couldn’t decide if they were making a movie for little kids or for intelligent sci-fi fans and the result was a mess where it plays in parts like a bad Saturday morning cartoon geared towards 6 year olds and at others tried to play towards an older audience. And for godsake no Jar Jar type characters, please.

    • john smith says:

      See everyone…please take note as to how u should criticize a movie…use facts as to why u think something is ridiculous. Having said that, why is everyone assuming he is a Stormtrooper? Maybe he was in disguise just like Luke & Han did. C’mon people…jus let the movie come out & then judge it or else admit to being prejudice. Pun intended.

  24. Clive Blanston says:

    I haven’t read ALL of the comments, but I think the main problem is the difference between the Star Trek universe vs. the Star Wars one. Star Trek was a metaphor for earth, and so the multi-ethnic angle was critical; it was SUPPOSED to be a ship from EARTH. Star Wars, however, is a fantasy, “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away…” I don’t know any “persons of color” were pissing and moaning BEFORE the original Star Wars became a huge hit, but they certainly did afterwards; (despite James Earl Jones’ excellent voice work as Darth Vader; and the fact the original version nonetheless thrilled them.) The trilogy proved it could function with on-screen tokenism like “Lando” successfully, but the more the series became tweaked by Lucas to become ever more conspicuously tokenized, the lamer it became. The point is, if Disney turns the whole franchise into an exercise in tokenism, the sequel will become less a fantasy about classical legend and more a buy-off to the shallow politics of, “Right now, right here in this galaxy, here…here…here…” One needs to be honest to the premise of a story…or is Obi-Wan going to reappear as a three-fingered Finnish dwarf?

    • Evan says:

      Clive Blanston, you’re an idiot.

      > “Star Wars, however, is a fantasy,”

      Stupid. There’s no expectation that black people don’t exist in fantasy. They might not exist in your personal fantasies, but that’s your issue, not everyone else’s.

      > “I don’t know any “persons of color” were pissing and moaning BEFORE the original Star Wars became a huge hit, but they certainly did afterwards.”

      Stupid. Star Wars was a huge hit upon its initial release. How would you expect anybody to complain about something BEFORE they’ve had a chance to see it? That’s so dumb I suspect I’m being trolled.

      > “the sequel will become less a fantasy about classical legend and more a buy-off to the shallow politics of, “Right now, right here in this galaxy, here…here…here…”

      Stupid. About one in seven people are black. There’s nothing “right now, right here” about that, and in fact, it’s just the opposite: conspicuously under-representing black people in a movie would be conceding to the politics of a particular time and place (the United States of 40+ years ago).

      I googled “Clive Blanston,” and the name pops up all over the place where you spew racist rhetoric. What a waste of life. Oh well, it’s your life to waste.

      • Clive Blanston says:

        Evan, calling someone an “idiot” out-of-the-gate is not an argument; but a fallacy. It’s called an ad-homonym; look it up.

        I will admit I should have been clearer in acknowledging *both* film franchises are fantasies, but one is Earth-based and one is definitely NOT.

        I never said black people, or any other demographic could not exist in fantasy, I was only referring to the fact that a lot of African-Americans seemed really pissed that the original 1977 Star Wars lacked on-screen black actors. Billy Dee Williams said this was the main reason he was cast as Lando on (if memory serves) on the Tonight Show. (As you must know, the original Star Wars was shot on a shoe-string budget, for a script no one understood; so the lack of a perfectly ethnically-balanced cast was not a priority; and as it wasn’t a hit yet, much less made yet, it was not resented.)

        As to “hit” we are speaking of degrees. True, it was a big hit… But at some point, it became a cultural phenomena that everyone wanted a piece of…it was at *that* point it dawned on some politically-minded that the film was not “inclusive” enough. In 1977 it didn’t try to be anything but what it was; failure is an orphan…success has a thousand fathers.

        I don’t deny the talents of any good actor… What I was decrying is when ethnic/political considerations in casting start to undermine a film’s premise. Would you like a new version of “Roots” that had the slaves portrayed by white actors because they are demographically more numerous? Crude perhaps, but it makes the point. One must be true to the premise…

        By whatever means, Star Wars must pull a person from the considerations of *this* planet to be true to its premise of, “A long time ago, an a galaxy far, far, away…”

        In conclusion, *Star Trek* was asking one to *notice* the Japaneseness of Sulu, or the African-Americaness of Uhura, or the pointed-ears of Spock; I have no quarrel with this.

        This was deliberately intended by the maker at its genesis; In Gene Roddenberry’s words, the Enterprise would not “…fly otherwise.”

        Star Wars owes it to its fan-base everything that would allow it to enter that “…galaxy far, far, away…”

        Screw the token politics…

  25. I love the way Malcolm finally explain the history of the stormtrooper and why there was the lack of the clone troopers in the Star Wars trilogy.

  26. John B says:

    I haven’t seen a lot of people saying they hate a lack stormtrooper, outside of the media saying people are saying it. Real SW fans know the clones were replaced with regular soldiers over time, that’s why the clones are efficient soldiers and the original trilogy stormtroopers kind of suck. The Empire was incredibly racist, but that wasn’t to human races, it was against alien ones, allowing them to be enslaved, for example.

    I’m more annoyed by the stupid lightsaber.

  27. “Star Wars” is really more fantasy than science fiction; continuity is not the strong point of the “Star Wars” universe. The objections were more that at one point it was suggested that storm troopers were supposed to be clones, but in the 1977 film that was not evident.

    The complaint is about inconsistency of the story, not dislike of a black actor.

  28. ddogsbollox says:

    Is it possible that he is not a storm trooper at all but possibly a rebel/ally/republican (hah!) who has infiltrated the storm troopers as a spy?!?! After all, why does he appear lost, nervous, etc…. Also, didn’t Han and Luke steal ST armor in the first film?!?

    • M.L. says:

      I don’t know whether he’s supposed to be an infiltrating rebel or not, but you definitely hit on something that is really what has bothered a lot of people. Aside from the clone issue, it’s precisely that he looks lost, nervous, frightened, etc., and also quite young; NOT things we associate with Stormtroopers, who are supposed to be badasses.

  29. Yes, just like Moses, Pharaoh, Solomon and Jesus were white :)
    I feel your pain whiteys

    • M.L. says:

      Moses is actually as fictional as anyone in the Star Wars universe. In any case, the characters of the Bible are predominantly from the Eastern Mediterranean (a.k.a. the Levant), and while Eastern Mediterranean don’t look like WASPs or Swedes, they do look substantially similar to European Mediterraneans, i.e. white people.

  30. JJ says:

    Im not sure why this is news, or why anyone even really noticed or mentioned a black guy was portraying a storm trooper. So, what? Isnt this man a good actor? What was it that made people even make it a talking point?

  31. Duke Springer says:

    Aren’t storm troopers the bad guys that were gunned down in the first films?

  32. Jon says:

    I do not care if a black is in the movie. I’m just a little put off since in accordance with the prequels, all stormtroopers are a clone of a man. Therefore, shouldn’t all of the stormtroopers look like Bhoba Fett?

    • malcolm says:

      The Clone-troopers were phased out in the period between the prequels and the Original trilogy,this was all noted in the animated TV series..
      In the three original films there were no Clone-troopers..they were Storm-troopers

      • M.L. says:

        Most fans of the film over the age of 12 wouldn’t have watched the animated TV series. Moreover there’s no guarantee that the history of the animated TV series necessarily is consistent with the history of the movies. The prequel movies indicate that all of the Stormtroopers are clones of Jango Fett.

        But regardless, Boyega just isn’t well cast. The race of the actor isn’t a big deal to me but Boyega just looks more cub scout stormtrooper. Terrible choice. Hopefully he’s not a major character.

      • jimfolks says:

        Ding Ding Ding Ding!!!!! We have a winner.

  33. Spencer says:

    Much ado about nothing. Is this really being discussed? who actually cares? I am a big starhead myself but I really do not see the big deal.

  34. Jim says:

    Get over yourselves…

  35. ForrestHump says:

    Who cares if a fictional scifi character is black? I don’t get it.

    • Patrick Iving says:

      The storm troopers are clones. The source for the genetic material was white so the character does not look like the guy who supplied the genetic material. So if he is a storm trooper and not someone in disguise, he was put in for PC reasons which destroys the story line from the prior movies. Now if a new batch of clones was created with that guy as the genetic source then a batch of storm troopers looks like him. That would be fine. It’s the PC route I can’t stand.

      • jimfolks says:

        Troopers during this period are not clones. The Clone wars have been over for a long time. Storm troopers are just regular troops since before Star Wars A new hope.

  36. Tom Roberts says:

    Was I the only one who noticed the change in appearance of the Falcon’s engines? Clearly different than the other versions of the Falcon; the ever-present blinding blue light is gone. Replaced by a subdued vague glow, which makes the bank of engines look more like the front of a strip mall at Christmas than the high powered ‘souped-up’ powerplants of the Millennium Falcon. What gives? I have a feeling we’re going to see a difference in the interior as well.

  37. Zero Dark Thirty says:

    I’ve never been one to play the “race card”, but anyone who has a problem with a black person playing ANY science fiction character is probably a racist.

    • Michael says:

      I don’t think they have a problem with a black guy playing a character. Many “fanboys” and uber fans are just upset because they don’t understand that the Clone War’s clone-troopers are not the same as the Empire’s Storm-troopers. It’s the continuity break they are upset about, not the color of the man’s skin, per se. If the original clone-troopers had been black, they would be upset if they saw a white trooper in the new trailer. It’s all about perspective. They aren’t being racist.

  38. LadyMulti says:

    Why is a big deal made over this by some, heck, even by him? In a universe made up of various alien species and random weirdness, taking place many years after the original movie’s canon timeline, I wouldn’t put back that there could be a lizardman in one of those suits at that point in time.

  39. BubbaT says:

    What really happened was Mace Windu survived, was booted out of the Jedi order and finding himself out of a job, became a race hustler. He put the screws to the Kamino cloners to either make black clones or there would be hell to pay so there you have it.

  40. How about the interview the producer /the writer who created the new storyline for the New Star Wars film about the stormtroopers question?

  41. Jim says:

    I am a Republican, a Christian and a Star Wars fan. Ever hear of the golden rule guys? I have no problem with John Boyega as a Stormtrooper or African Americans.

  42. jakelogan00 says:

    Darth Vader was a white guy in a black outfit with a black voice (that of James Earl Jones), so why not a black guy in a white outfit with a white voice?

  43. Bill in okc says:

    All we’ve seen is a few seconds showing a black guy in a storm trooper costume. In “A New Hope” both Luke and Han wore storm trooper costumes for a few seconds. Let’s not jump to conclusions.

  44. John Titus says:

    I thought it was a comedy skit, until I saw the droid rolling. Get used to it huh? Maybe the fans, the people who buy the tickets will determine that. This kid was an itch in daddies pants when the originals came out so don’t think he really cares about the fandom around this and by the sounds of it you may want to stuff a sock in this guys mouth because he could be a PR liability.

    He was the only thing in that trailer that didn’t look Star Wars. Bravo!

  45. Ed Crichton says:

    We don’t know for certain that all the Stormtroopers in the films were clones of Jango. If they were they would be people of color anyway. Depending on the timeline compared to Ep 6 the Imperials have to take anyone they can get to hold a blaster.

  46. tyler1861 says:

    Why should we “get used to it?” The guy should not be hired to be in Star Wars.. Bad enough Lando was played by one.. then Jar Jar Binks.. Gawd.. Absolutely no need

    • Giovanni Galtiago says:

      Right on cue – the faux racists show up to try to make it appear that racism against non-whites is the norm in society…. you forgot to claim you are from the south of the US and a member of a right wing religious group. I guess you can’t read scripts very well.

      GG

  47. Giovanni Galtiago says:

    hmmmm….I don’t understand the argument of why a stormtrooper could not be a person of any heritage. I get the sense this is a manufactured way to insert some “race” dialogue to gin up interest in the movie by highlighting this actors role.

    GG

    PS, there is no such concept of “race” in reality. Look up the definitions of the manufactured word. Every single definition or characterization (of which there are numerous versions in academia) fails in application. The only groups that press for division of people are politicians, bureaucrats and professional race-baiters – the absolute least useful in society.

    • John Titus says:

      Because they are supposed to be clones. It’s okay, it only completely breaks the entire clone army/stormtrooper lore but hey it’s so urban hip! Maybe we can get a Star Wars Rap Theme?

      • Aisha says:

        Your very comment is indicative of your ignorance. Really? Rap theme? You think everytime there’s a White-washed film (see Exodus) folks are like “Maybe they’re going for a backwoods, banjo theme.” No, because that’s how perfect White Supremacy is.

        You’re stupid and I hope you get your ass handed to you by a person of color.

      • JP says:

        Star Wars is a fake, untrue, fictional piece of work, who cares, and again GET USED TO IT.

      • Seth Robinson says:

        They aren’t clones at this point. Eventually the Empire began taking recruits. So learn your lore before you go complaining.
        In case you do not believe me, I made sure to double-check and I found this: By the time the Galactic Civil War began in earnest, Jango Fett’s clones were heavily supplanted by clones based on a variety of templates around 9 BBY, followed shortly after by enlisted Humans.
        Taken directly from the Star Wars wiki.

  48. BrocinChina says:

    I think a person of color in a Storm Trooper suit is irrelevant. What is interesting is the lost and desperate perspective from a character that otherwise had been a nameless entity used as gun fodder..

  49. I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the many great contributions of the Black community and their culture to our society. Their peaceful and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture.
    Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real Estate values are fueled by the influx of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nurturing of these communities, an example of all they have achieved by their enthusiasm for self improvement through hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer, as a nation.
    Presently enriching the cities of Spokane WA, Chicago IL, Philadelphia PA, Washington D.C., St. Louis MO, New Orleans LA, Los Angeles CA, Flint MI, Baltimore MD, Pontiac MI, Gary Ind., Newark NJ, Cleveland OH, Atlanta GA, Richmond VA, Memphis Tn, Birmingham AL, Camden NJ; and let’s not forget Detroit, the tourism capital of the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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