John Boyega Shuts Down Michael Rapaport For Saying He Should 'Be Grateful' For 'Star Wars'
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John Boyega Shuts Down Michael Rapaport For Saying He Should 'Be Grateful' For 'Star Wars'

John Boyega is taking Michael Rapaport to task for trying to whitesplain his experience as a Black lead in Star Wars.

Boyega has explicitly talked about his experiences in a new interview with British GQ, saying that Disney didn’t know what to do with him as a Black actor within the Star Wars framework.

You get yourself involved in projects and you’re not necessarily going to like everything. [But] what I would say to Disney is do not bring out a Black character, market them to be much more important in the franchise than they are and then have them pushed to the side. It’s not good. I’ll say it straight up,” he said.

…Like, you guys know what to do with Daisy Ridley, you knew what to do with Adam Driver. You knew what to do with these other people, but when it came to Kelly Marie Tran, when it came to John Boyega, you know f**k all,” he continued. “So what do you want me to say? What they want you to say is, ‘I enjoyed being a part of it. It was a great experience…’ Nah, nah nah. I’ll take that deal when it’s a great experience.”

Rapaport decided it was his time to chide Boyega for speaking about his specific experiences, experiences Rapaport, a white actor and comedian, will never have because of his race.

@JohnBoyega Yo my man you have done so much in a short period of time. Congrats.. but you ain’t the first actor to have an un nuanced [sic] character in a Star Wars movie,” he wrote, referencing Benicio Del Toro, who starred in The Last Jedi. “Welcome to show business. S**t doesn’t always go ur way.”

Did you read the article?” Boyega responded. “[T]hanks for the additional name to my list though.”

Rapaport replied that he did read the article and reiterated his opinion that what Boyega experienced was just “show business.”

Things don’t always work out the way YOU plan,” he continued. “Happens to ALL of Us. Again be grateful for all u done so far which is a lot more than TONS of great actors of all races who also had roles cut down & will continue to[.]”

“[N]o,” Boyega replied, with a smiley face. “Thanks though.”

The entire exchange is below.

After the two finished their exchange, Twitter users began dragging Rapaport for his lack of racial nuance in his opinion.

Along with successfully shutting down folks on Twitter, Boyega is also set to star in the upcoming Netflix sci-fi film They Cloned Tyrone alongside Jamie Foxx and Teyonah Parris.


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