Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens features a black stormtrooper — get over it and go back to complaining about the lightsaber.
Star Wars fans drooled harder than a Wookiee in heat over the new trailer, but some criticized the casting of a black actor to play a stormtrooper. John Boyega, the actor seen just 20 seconds into the clip playing a stormtrooper sans helmet, posted a subtle comeback to the critics on Instagram.
Twitter users also responded to the backlash with biting humor.
Anyone complaining about a black stormtrooper should remember the first ones were of Māori descent. Also don't be racist.— Marc Watson (@Marc_IRL) November 28, 2014
Three movies in a row with James Earl Jones' voice only to reveal Darth Vader was white all along and you're mad at one Black stormtrooper?— Kenzo Shibata (@KenzoShibata) November 29, 2014
a #BlackStormtrooper is not unprecedented— StarTrek90210 (@StarTrek90210) November 29, 2014
this monstrosity is canon and people are claiming that having a black stormtrooper is "unrealistic" pic.twitter.com/5U3ZZe2AA1— Lex (@lexcanroar) November 28, 2014
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