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

Last Updated: December 1, 2014 @ 1:06 PM

“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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