Recently in an interview with Variety, John Boyega was asked about his take on bullying on social media. After giving his statement, the actor took a lot of backlash due to the facts that fans thought he was talking about co-star Kelly Marie Tran, who left social media after facing horrible backlash after the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi“.
In the interview Boyega said this about social media bullying:
“Being in this position, you just understand the masses, how the masses think, you know. Through social media, we get to engage, we get to have fun. But at the same time, for those who are not mentally strong, you are weak to believe in every single thing that you read. That’s, you know, it is what it is.”
“I don’t know, for me anyway, when I see that [backlash], I’m like, well, that’s actually not true. But no, it is actually not true. So it’s kind of like [shrugs] it is what it is. But to engage, to connect with the fans who otherwise wouldn’t get a day-to-day experience, especially during things like the press tour, and behind-the-scenes stuff, is always good.”
Fans believed that Boyega was throwing shade or attacking Kelly Marie Tran and immediately swung to her aid. Boyega then released a statement that although she was mentioned in the question he was in no way speaking about her.
“In no way was I referring to Kelly when I made my comments although the interviewer mentioned her given the topic. I was really speaking from my own perspective throughout this franchise. Sometimes I’ve felt strong and sometimes I’ve felt weak. Badly worded though. I apologize.” He added, “My comments on Kelly specifically and online harassment remains the same via a tweet I put out a few years ago.”
His 2018 comment after the release of the Last Jedi:
“If you don’t like Star Wars or the characters, understand that there are decision makers and harassing the actors/actresses will do nothing,” he tweeted. “You’re not entitled to politeness when your approach is rude. Even if you paid for a ticket!”