John Boyega has criticised his followers for their response to recent comments he’s made about racism and police brutality against black people.
Last week, Boyega posted an impassioned Instagram video in which he spoke out against racism, but he has since been receiving many messages telling him to ”talk about police brutality against white people”.
The actor urged his fans not to “waste time” sending such messages in the wake of the death of George Floyd after being taken into custody by police,
Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was fired, arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.
Boyega added: “Go for one of your celeb coons for that. That Star Wars movie got you lot all the way f***ed up. I am staying on topic. We are addressing a specific issue.”
When one follower questioned his use of a racial slur, writing, ”This is the type of segregation we gotta leave because it divides us,” Boyega said he believes that some celebrities have already “divided” themselves with their statements about the protests.
Boyega’s tweet comes days after writing “I really f***ing hate racists” in the wake of Floyd’s death.
The actor was forced to defend his use of a swear word in a passionate Instagram Live video.
“That’s a continuous cycle, going on”, he said of Floyd’s death, which has sparked protests across the world.
“I don’t live in the States, but I’m Black,” he continued. “F*** that. So I’ll say it again: f*** you racist white people. I said what I said. And if you don’t f***ing like it, go suck a d***.”
“It’s not about career, it’s not about money... All those things were just a part of my dream, just a part of working. That’s got nothing to do with how you treat people.”
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