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John Boyega addresses Star Wars haters: 'You’re not entitled to politeness when your approach is rude'

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Jun 12, 2018

One of the lead actors from the current set of Star Wars movies has had enough of the online hate.

John Boyega, who plays Finn in the Skywalker saga movies The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and the upcoming Episode IX, is tired of the vitriol that has been directed at members of the cast on social media.

The onslaught of cruelty, racism and misogyny has reached a fever pitch recently, a barrage that likely prompted The Last Jedi cast member Kelly Marie Tran to close down her Instagram account earlier this month.

Now Boyega — who has come under fire from trolls himself — has written on Twitter, "If you don’t like Star Wars or the characters understand that there are decisions (sic) makers and harassing the actors/ actresses will do nothing. You’re not entitled to politeness when your approach is rude. Even if you paid for a ticket!"

He then added, "To the majority of Star Wars fans thank you for supporting and putting yourselves in our shoes. You understand that there is a process so much appreciated!"

As The Wrap points out, Tran has come under especially vicious fire from online trolls, who have also hacked and altered her page at Star Wars wiki Wookieepedia to insult her and change her name itself to a racist mockery.

The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson — who's been the subject of unacceptable abuse himself, also weighed in recently, saying point blank that attempts to justify the attacks as based in simple dislike for The Last Jedi were "disingenuous bulls**t."

The sexist and racist attacks began with The Force Awakens, when they were leveled at Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, and Boyega respectively. Spewing such venom against a young woman and a man of color in a franchise where two of the most beloved original characters were a young woman and a man of color would seem to make no sense on the surface.

At the same time, accusations have been flung at the cast, Johnson, Disney executives and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy of promoting a "social justice" agenda — in a franchise that is all about fighting for justice and freedom against an oppressive tyranny in a galaxy where one might think there would be lots of diversity among its thousands of races.

Not everyone has to like every Star Wars movie, but blaming their perceived failures on the color or gender of the characters seems to say something about the person pointing fingers, not the actors or the films themselves. And while the trolls may crow that their efforts at bashing all things Star Wars derailed Solo at the box office, a detailed analysis shows there were likely some more business-side decisions that were a much bigger factor.

In the meantime, good for John Boyega for standing up for what's right, and for acknowledging that all — if not most — of fandom is better than this.