John Boyega is urging fans to ‘ignore ignorance’ as he unapologetically speaks out about racism
John Boyega is refusing to say sorry for speaking his mind on social media about how he feels about racism.
The Star Wars actor, 28, sparked a reaction on Twitter after posting: ‘I f**king hate racists,’ and clarifying he was directly speaking about ‘white on black racism’.
That led to some pointing out that there are many other forms of racism, prompting John to post an Instagram Live venting his frustration, as he explained he was speaking directly about a ‘specific topic’ in reference to George Floyd – a black man who died after being handcuffed and pinned down by a police officer’s knee.
Telling fans that he is very aware that there are other forms of racism, John urged fans to ‘ignore ignorance’ as he spoke out in the video.
He said: ‘I hate racists with a passion. It’s very important at this time that we ignore ignorance. That we ignore people who come through and try to make these situations what they’re not.
‘I’m not even apologising first of all, you lot better f**king believe that, there is no way that I have the opinion that there are no other forms of racism. Of course there are other forms of racism.’
I am talking about WHITE on BLACK racism. The kind that has ruined the world not caused a lil break up with your girlfriend.
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020
Please do shut up. I am being specific to a topic. I am not talking about any other way. Given what is happening right now. So the wise thing for you to do is defo shut up. Do it well too my G.
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020
John continued: ‘But, a black man was just murdered in cold blood in the street Stateside again, while saying that he can’t breathe. That’s a continuous cycle going on – although I don’t live in the States, I’m black. F**k that.
‘I’ll say it again, f**k you racist white people. I said what I said. If you don’t f**king like it, go suck a d*ck. It’s not about career, it’s not about money, a lot of people like to bring it up… all those things were part of my dream, were a part of working. That’s got nothing to do with how you treat people.
‘It’s a madness, when I say it I mean it. You lot can’t rattle me, I’m not the guy to be rattled, I wasn’t raised by no weak people.’
John Boyega is currently on Insta live and telling white racists to fuck off and folks, it is glorious. pic.twitter.com/ojxnkGKDV5
— San (@sansdn) May 27, 2020
Insisting he won’t stand for any racism directed at him or others online, John said: ‘You’re going to respect black people online. If you’re commenting on my pictures and videos and you say anything about no black people, you saying any racist sh*t, that’s straight up blocked.
‘I don’t need you on my page. If you’re a fan of me and you support my work and you’re racist and you were arguing with what I was saying. F**k off. You f**king d**khead.
‘Throughout my whole career as an actor, I’m not the guy, I’m not Hollywood, I never ever left the UK to go and live in the LA… I never did. I’m from London, I’m from here, we have different f**king rules. We are real. We speak truth.’
George Floyd died on Monday (25 May) in Minneapolis following a brutal arrest which was caught on video and showed a police officer kneeling on his neck as the man cried out: ‘I can’t breathe’.
Four officers, who have not been identified, were fired and an investigation is underway by the FBI and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
John isn’t the only star to react to the news, as many celebrities have shared their horror over the situation, including the likes of Snoop Dogg, Cardi B and Justin Bieber.
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Award-winning director Ava Duvernay, who directed Netflix series When They See Us about the Central Park Five case which highlighted racism within the justice system, tweeted: ‘You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life.
‘Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act – for you – and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must.’
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