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John Boyega slams Disney over treatment of black Star Wars characters

Published: 2/Sep/2020 13:41 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 11:54

by Jacob Hale

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British actor John Boyega has slammed Disney over their use of black characters, saying that what occurred with him during his work on Star Wars is “not good.”

Since his work on the Star Wars franchise finalized, Boyega has been very outspoken about his experiences, calling out the “toxic” fans and saying that he’s “moved on” from the films.

Now, though, he has spoken again on his experiences with Disney on the Star Wars franchise, and slammed their treatment of black and other non-white characters.

In an interview with GQ Magazine, Boyega reflected on his involvement in the newest trilogy, which rounded off with ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ in 2019.

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Boyega has been outspoken about his experiences as part of the Star Wars franchise.

“You get yourself involved in projects and you’re not necessarily going to like everything,” he said. “What I would say to Disney is do not bring out a black character, market them to be much more important in the franchise than they are and then have them pushed to the side.”

Obviously here he is talking about his own character, former Stormtrooper Finn, though he feels fellow people of color in the cast — Naomi Ackie and Kelly Marie Tran, for example — suffered the same treatment, too.

“You guys knew what to do with Daisy Ridley, you knew what to do with Adam Driver,” he added. “You knew what to do with these other people, but when it came to Kelly Marie Tran, when it came to John Boyega, you know f**k all.”

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Though Boyega is grateful for the opportunities Star Wars has presented, he doesn’t think it was a perfect experience.

Boyega continued on his impassioned speech, saying: “They gave all the nuance to Adam Driver, all the nuance to Daisy Ridley. Let’s be honest. Daisy knows this. Adam knows this. Everybody knows. I’m not exposing anything.”

The 28-year-old Londoner also touches on how certain outfit choices of his would make his Star Wars stylist “cringe,” but that working on the franchise was still an “amazing opportunity” and a “stepping stone” that has helped his life and career tremendously.

In the interview with GQ, Boyega also took the opportunity to defend director J.J. Abrams and his attempts to finish the trilogy with a bang. “Everybody needs to leave my boy alone,” he said of the backlash to Rise of Skywalker. “He wasn’t even supposed to come back and try to save your sh*t.”

Obviously, while John Boyega has regularly distanced himself from Star Wars since filming wrapped, he has had a lot of time to think about the treatment of himself and his co-stars, and believes Disney need to do better for black characters.

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Ninja teases work in leading role on an upcoming TV show

Published: 8/Jan/2021 2:27 Updated: 8/Jan/2021 4:51

by Brad Norton

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has started work on a mysterious TV show, teasing fans on details surrounding his role as one of the leading characters.

Ninja’s rise to mainstream stardom isn’t slowing down anytime soon as the internet celebrity has teased his involvement in a brand new TV show. Details are scarce and there’s no telling when this show might be revealed, but the streamer did provide some key information in his announcement.

The specific work appears to be for an animated series as Ninja’s involvement has been purely voiceover work for the time being. “recorded my first voice over for a main role in a TV show today,” he said on January 7.

“Although I can’t share more yet, voice acting is so fun. A huge passion of mine that I’m starting to get to live out.”

It’s only been a matter of months since Ninja made one of the biggest moves of his career. Brad Pitt and Chris Evans are just a few of the names Ninja is now brushing shoulders with at Hollywood’s biggest talent agency, the Creative Artists Agency.

This major deal appears to be paying dividends in big ways already. A leading role in an animated series isn’t something you see from popular content creators every day.

Leading this charge is exactly what Ninja set his sights on months back. Focusing on “literally anything and everything Hollywood” is what he outlined to Hollywood Reporter in July 2020

That means everything from an appearance on the Masked Singer to work on various cartoons as well.

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Ninja’s first big televised appearance came on hit Fox show The Masked Singer.

It’s only a matter of time until we find out exactly what this show looks like. Could Ninja be the actual character in the animated series? Or is he purely providing his voice for someone else’s creation? We’ll just have to wait and see.

This isn’t the only major Hollywood production Ninja is involved with at this point in his career. Upcoming Ryan Reynolds movie Free Guy is set to feature a number of major content creators, with Ninja chief among them.