After dedicated “Star Wars” fans sat through “Monday Night Football” to see the final full trailer for “The Force Awakens,” some took to social media to boycott the film for featuring a black actor, John Boyega, in a leading role.
Trevor Noah addressed the controversy Tuesday night on “The Daily Show” with help from news correspondent Jordan Klepper in a segment called “The Racism Awakens.” After showing some of the outcries of “white genocide” by fans, Noah looked back to when some fans were enraged when Boyega was initially revealed in a Stormtrooper suit in the highly anticipated movie’s first trailer.
“What’s wrong with a black Stormtrooper? He’s an alien from a galaxy far, far away. He’s more interested in this empire than this ‘Empire,'” Noah said, contracting the film’s fictional government against the Fox juggernaut.
Noah also pointed out that Boyega is hardly the first black actor to receive backlash from fans after joining a film franchise. Other thesps that were on the receiving end of race-based fan outrage included Michael B. Jordan after he was cast as the Human Torch in “The Fantastic Four” and Amandla Stenberg when she received the role of Rue in “The Hunger Games.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” bows in theaters Dec. 18.
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