March 17th isn’t just the day where everybody in America wears green and celebrates a number of offensive Irish stereotypes. It’s also John Boyega’s birthday, which is a much better holiday if you ask me, because at least John Boyega’s never ignored centuries of oppression that his own ancestors faced in order to prop up a cruel form of nativism that punishes new immigrants to his country (and before you start in, I am a full-blooded generation Irish-American and you don’t get to stop me from collecting my people. Read this New York Times opinion piece and sit all the way down).
But even though John presumably knows what day his birthday is every year, he was still delightfully surprised when the cast and crew of Pacific Rim stopped to serenade him while on set. Look at his sweet little smile! Look at him trying to awkwardly conduct the crowd with his hands! Bless this beautiful man and his amazing haircut.
He also posted his own video earlier in the day of a birthday dance party, which is equally beautiful and which makes me briefly forget all the troubles in the world. There are a lot of troubles in the world, so that’s saying something.
Happy birthday, Johnny B!