John Boyega showed the passion he has for his people after slamming white racists attempting to correct him after he spoke up on behalf of George Floyd. Putting his money where his mouth is, the British actor took to the streets of London and made an impassioned plea on behalf of Black Americans suffering racial injustice at the hands of police.
Boyega, known for his role as Finn from the Star Wars movie series, was moved to anger by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, using his large platform to show his support for the Houston man’s family. Boyega’s followers tried reasoning with him and suggesting that he think of his acting career, but he expertly handled those suggestions after an Instagram Live session that clearly depicted his feelings.
Continuing that plea for justice on behalf of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others to name, Boyega joined a large gathering on Wednesday in London’s Hyde Park where a Black Lives Matter rally took place. Taking a megaphone in hand, Boyega, voice dripping with emotion, put it all on the line.
“Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f*ck that,” Boyega began.
He continued saying, “Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process. We don’t know what George Floyd could have achieved, we don’t know what Sandra Bland could have achieved, but today we’re going to make sure that won’t be an alien thought to our young ones.”
Boyega was met with loud cheers as he concluded his speech and immediately, some in social media threw their support behind him and explicitly stating that they would hold space for Boyega to work creatively with them.
Salute to John Boyega. Check out those reactions from Twitter below.
I would work with John Boyega and I urge other Non-Black creators to affirm that they have his back as well. https://t.co/SqXgmIS5aR— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 3, 2020
I would crawl through a barrel of broken glass to have John Boyega even so much as *glance* at one of my scripts. https://t.co/0bcLeldaEg— Charlie Brooker (@charltonbrooker) June 3, 2020
'Attack the Block' is trending and if you somehow haven't seen it, do seek it out. Dark sci-fi with John Boyega in a powerhouse leading role from a poor, black, British perspective, one that forces you to reassess your initial assumptions as to who the heroes are. pic.twitter.com/u8OSaYMt2V— Elaine Scattermoon (@scattermoon) June 3, 2020
John Boyega really just said fuck Hollywood and fuck Disney with his whole heart, I love this man pic.twitter.com/NBCtD34E4Z— Alex Peter (@LolOverruled) June 3, 2020
Keke Palmer and John boyega better not lose no brand deals, movie roles, or any kind of connection to the industry after this shit either— HOOD VOGUE is tired of poverty (@itskeyon) June 3, 2020
I'm trying to get all the way behind this John Boyega thing, but just a reminder that black women have been out here jeopardizing their careers for years. I know some of them. I feel like that's being lost and I just think it's important to know. 0 shade to what he's doing.— quinta brunson (@quintabrunson) June 3, 2020
Dear @JohnBoyega, I see you and I love you. Thank you for loving us. #King 👑— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) June 3, 2020
And know this, being on the right side of history is better than any paycheck complicit silence would provide.
I stand with you.
WE stand with you. #BlackLivesMatter ✊🏾❤️ pic.twitter.com/iv2yK06KHQ
Any role that might erstwhile be offered to Chris Prat should be offered to John Boyega first. https://t.co/Uxhm4RkylN— Thought Slime (@ThoughtSlime) June 3, 2020
Awesome watching John Boyega being a strong Force to Rise in a Resistance fighting alongside his people oppressed by the Dark Side of a ruling system...— Andre (@BlackNerd) June 3, 2020
Now if only there was a movie franchise he could star in where he could play this type of role as a character on screen... pic.twitter.com/OlIuSzWrBg
If the film industry even TRY and cancel John boyega, we boycott.— Nella Rose 🦋✨ (@nellarose) June 3, 2020
This is a John Boyega Stan account— Ambs (@AmberRoseGill) June 3, 2020
John Boyega is a hero to my son and so many other kids and young people. It’s role models like him that are needed just now pic.twitter.com/eM605ovK0F— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) June 3, 2020
John Boyega will forever have my support... idc if that nigga start selling drink coasters I’m buying 10.— ⚡️ (@JameelHassan_) June 3, 2020
Disney: we want you to be a Rebel, John Boyega— Wonderella (@wonderella) June 3, 2020
Disney: no wait no not like that
Replace Chris Pr*tt with John Boyega in every upcoming movie— Mario Graciotti 🎠 (@MarioGraciotti) June 3, 2020
John Boyega just became an IRL star wars character. That man doesn't need the movies. Hes gathering the rebel alliance in the face of the imperials.. legendary— Joe (@thisislijoe) June 3, 2020
Happy to announce I will cast John Boyega as soon as he returns my emails https://t.co/dwHk8MkIt2— Harry Brewis (Hbomberguy) (@Hbomberguy) June 3, 2020
I would absolutely cast John Boyega if I'm ever in a position to. I should be so lucky he'd actually accept. https://t.co/ufsUJSH3tO— Gennifer Hutchison (@GennHutchison) June 3, 2020
John Boyega, may you never lack. pic.twitter.com/MBzTZXDy9z— Dionne Grant (@DionneGrant) June 3, 2020
John Boyega will work again. John Boyega will thrive. John Boyega will enjoy a very successful life. From my lips to The Ancestors ears. Protect that young man at all costs.— Ava Vidal ‘Privileged POC comedian’ 🇩🇲🇧🇧 (@thetwerkinggirl) June 3, 2020
nothing but respect for john boyega. not only did he speak loud and clear about this on his platform, he went out and did something too. his career could be on the line but what does that matter if he might not even have a life to live to keep pursuing that career? keep fighting. pic.twitter.com/qN740XOyoV— rose ✨ (@bigdumbrey) June 3, 2020