During a Black Lives Matter protest in London on Wednesday, June 3, John Boyega delivered a powerful speech about racism and police brutality. During the speech, Boyega, best known for his role as Finn in the recent Star Wars films, said, “I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but fuck that.”
The speech was, frankly, amazing and you can watch the power speech above. The London protest, along with many across the globe, was made in solidarity following a new wave of US Black Lives Matter protests following the tragic, unnecessary, and downright evil murder of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers.
(The officers, as of yesterday, have all been arrested and charged with Floyd’s murder.)
Boyega’s powerful words were applaud by fans, advocates, and industry titans alike. With the matter of Boyega’s career after the speech, many within Hollywood stepped forward to reassure Boyega that he will definitely still have one.
Jordan Peele (Get Out) wrote, “We got you, John.”
We got you, John. https://t.co/oX7Rr52omx
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) June 3, 2020
Matthew A. Cherry, of the Academy Award winning short Hair Love, wrote, “I would work with John Boyega and I urge other Non-Black creators to affirm that they have his back as well.”
I would work with John Boyega and I urge other Non-Black creators to affirm that they have his back as well. https://t.co/SqXgmIS5aR
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 3, 2020
Charlie Brooker of Black Mirror fame quickly made it clear how interested he was to work with Boyega.
“I would crawl through a barrel of broken glass to have John Boyega even so much as glance at one of my scripts.”
I would crawl through a barrel of broken glass to have John Boyega even so much as *glance* at one of my scripts. https://t.co/0bcLeldaEg
— Charlie Brooker (@charltonbrooker) June 3, 2020
Olivia Wilde (Booksmart) also tweeted her support.
“Absolutely. I would be honored to work with @JohnBoyega and can only hope to have the chance. We’ve got your back, John. Don’t hold back.”
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 3, 2020
Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan wrote simply, “I would love to work w John Boyega.”
I would love to work w John Boyega https://t.co/zQTIP29SVR
— Cathy Yan (@CathyYan) June 3, 2020
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