Black ‘Star Wars’ Stormtrooper Fires Back at Critics

Actor John Boyega offers the perfect response for fans who complained after seeing him without his helmet

“Star Wars” fans went wild Friday, when the first trailer for the upcoming “Episode VII – The Force Awakens” rolled out. In fact, they were so excited that the 88 second preview wracked up 20 million views on YouTube¬†in just 24 hours!

But not everyone liked what they saw. Some fans quibbled on social media¬†over the casting of a black actor — who’s seen 20 seconds into the clip without his helmet — as a stormtrooper.

John Boyega, the actor in the clip, posted his response to fans — and his critics — on Instagram Saturday, and it’s right on the mark:

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