Star Wars And Disney Show Support For John Boyega After His Passionate Black Lives Matter Speech

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, World
Published 04.06.20

John Boyega gave an impassioned speech during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in London’s Hyde park and has had Disney and Star Wars show their solidarity with him.

After the murder of George Floyd by officer Derek Chauvin and three other decidedly complicit cops, protests all over the world have broken out and many large companies and brands have shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Along with brands and members of the general public, various celebrities have joined the protests and one such celebrity was Star Wars actor John Boyega, who is very passionate about the cause.

Last week the actor took to Twitter to bemoan racists which everyone who’s worth listening to would agree with, but any time some idiot replied with something like “all lives matter” or “shut up,” he entirely shot them down.

John Boyega speech

Building on that, Boyega took to Hyde Park to join the protests and made a powerful speech, saying:

Black lives have always mattered.

We have always been important. We have always meant something.

We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting.

We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd. We are a physical representation of our support for Sandra Bland. We are a physical representation of our support for Trayvon Martin. We are a physical representation of our support for Stephen Lawrence.

Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f*ck that.

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.

I need you to understand how painful this shit is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing and that isn’t the case any more, that was never the case any more“.

Despite him saying that he may not have a career after his speech, he’s never been higher in the public’s stock.

His previous employers at Star Wars tweet their support, saying:

LucasFilm stands with John Boyega and his message that, ‘Now is the time. Black lives have always mattered. Black lives have always been important. Black lives have always meant something.’

The evil that is racism must stop. We will commit to being part of the change that is long overdue in the world. John Boyega, you are our hero“.

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