John Boyega has publicly apologised for recent comments he made to Variety which have been seen as a swipe at his “Star Wars” co-star Kelly Marie Tran.
The 27-year-old British actor on Twitter said he wanted to clarify an answer he gave in an interview on Wednesday about “Star Wars” fandom and the experiences he’s had. During that interview, a question made reference to his ‘Last Jedi’ co-star Kelly Marie Tran who left social media after being on the receiving end of numerous of racist abuse comments and social media harassment.
Boyega’s response to that question was that social media was a tough environment “for those who are not mentally strong” and added that “you are weak to believe in every single thing that you read” which was seen as a slam on Tran as the question was framed about her. Here’s a photo of the question itself:
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Boyega said on Thursday that he was not speaking of his co-star and his answer was worded badly:
“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 then went on to say his feelings about the abuse Tran suffered hasn’t changed since his take when she opted to leave social media last year. He says:
“If you don’t like Star Wars or the characters understand that there are decisions makers and harassing the actors/ actresses will do nothing. You’re not entitled to politeness when your approach is rude. Even if you paid for a ticket.”
The comments come in the wake of a rather unfortunate press tour in which various comments from Boyega, actress Daisy Ridley and director J.J. Abrams have all come under examination if not outright fire (co-star Oscar Isaac so far seems to have avoided the fray). Boyega’s original interview remarks also came after a full day yesterday of Twitter once again exploding in conversation and heated arguments over “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” following in the wake of quote from an interview Abrams gave to The New York Times.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” hits cinemas next week.
Source: The Daily Mail