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John Boyega Hates Racists, Tells Them To 'F*ck Off,' And Apparently That's Controversial

By Kristy Puchko | Social Media | May 28, 2020 |

By Kristy Puchko | Social Media | May 28, 2020 |


Yesterday, social media was overwhelmed with the tragedy of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after a white officer was caught on tape kneeling on his neck. In Minneapolis, protesters took to the streets to demand justice and were met with brutal police intervention that included teargas. Meanwhile, millions watched from home, safe behind our computer screens, but sharing in the righteous outrage of those protesters. Many took to Twitter to join the cause. Among them was John Boyega, who tweeted an image of the slain man, along with Floyd’s last known words, which were a plea for his life.

Then, Boyega tweeted this:

Somehow, this tweet sparked fury from among the 28-year-old English actor’s followers. To be clear, he didn’t get ratioed. The tweet has over 1.3 million likes, and only 10,000+ replies, many of which were in support of his statement. However, among those replies were comments like these:

The Star Wars leading man responded to some.

As this all blew up, several repliers deleted their tweets or switched to “private” to avoid public scrutiny. Among those seems to be a tweeter that suggested a role model to children—like Boyega—shouldn’t say such things.

Despite drawing Twitter fire, Boyega didn’t back down. He doubled down, retweeting #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd posts as well as posts critical of “Central Park Karen” Amy Cooper. Then, he expounded on his initial “I really f*cking hate racists” tweet, taking to Instagram live to post a video.

“I’m not even apologizing, first of all,” Boyega declares. “You lot better f*cking believe that…F*ck you racist white people. I said what I said.”

He notes that some say speaking out like this might hurt his career. “You can’t rattle me,” he states, “I’m not the guy to be rattled. I wasn’t raised by no weak people. You understand?” Also, Boyega won’t abide racist comments in his replies. He’s happy to block, adding, “F*ck off, you racist d*ckheads.”

In short, Boyega’s not sweating the backlash.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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