February is Black History Month. And to celebrate, Star Wars: The Force Awaken’s John Boyega, tweeted this:
As expected, not everyone was in the mood to share in his celebration. Twitter trolls were quick to point out the month’s uselessness and lack of fairness. One troll replied to the actor, writing, “happy racially divided month” in a since deleted tweet screenshot by BuzzFeed. Boyega expertly shushed him with a tweet.
Boyega was really having none of it. He fired back at trolls with emojis and the awesome use of the phrase, “please take several seats.”
This was not the first time Boyega responded to race-related negativity online.
Boyega played Finn in Star Wars Episode VII. Finn is a former Stormtrooper who defects from the First Order and joins the Resistance. His casting was met with a lot of criticism from Star Wars fans who believe the soldiers of the First Order are all white.
He took to Instagram to address these haters, writing, “Get used to it. :)”
Star Wars director J.J. Abrams previously defended having casted Boyega in the film.
In a radio interview with Howard Stern last year, Abrams suggested that, “people who are complaining about that probably have bigger problems than there’s a black Stormtrooper.”
“All I know is that John Boyega is extraordinary in the movie,” he said.
Boyega also addressed the casting controversy in an interview with The New York Times last year.
“I’m grounded in who I am, and I am a confident black man. A confident, Nigerian, black, chocolate man,” he said.
Meanwhile, according to Variety, “The Force Awakens” is close to breaking the $2 billion mark in worldwide box office this week.
Boyega is set to return as Finn in Episode VIII. It is scheduled to hit theaters on December 15, 2017.