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Star Wars actor addresses critics who claim Stormtrooper shouldn’t be black

John Boyega took down the haters in an Instagram post.

SINCE IT DEBUTED on Friday, the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been viewed over 40 million times, inspired numerous lightsaber debated and spawned countless memes.

It has also regrettably led to some racist chatter owing to the casting of a black actor as a Stormtrooper.

boyega Source: Star Wars/YouTube

British actor John Boyega, who previously starred in Attack The Block and Half of a Yellow Sun, can be seen in the trailer for a few seconds and found himself at the centre of a discussion about whether or not Stormtroopers can be black.

comment11 One of the comments regarding Boyega's ethnicity. Source: YouTube

Others, meanwhile, stated that they were querying continuity more than anything else with many believing that stormtroopers were all white clones, a misnomer that was helpfully debunked here.

starwars Source: Star Wars/Facebook

As for what Boyega thinks of this?

Over the weekend, he posted this note to Instagram in which he thanked his fans and also brilliantly and succinctly addressed the haters.

johnboyega Source: John Boyega/Instagram

“Get used to it.”

That’s how you do it.

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