Star Wars actor John Boyega criticized Disney in the past as he is frustrated regarding how they handled the racist attacks against him from some of the fans after being cast in the franchise. However, he now has changed his tune after seeing how the company recently handled the attacks against Obi-Wan Kenobi star Moses Ingram.
As reported by Deadline, in a recent interview with SiriusXM’s Tell Me Everything With John Fugelsang, Boyega revealed that he is now at peace with Disney after seeing how they responded to the racist attacks that some fans made against Ingram during the airing of Obi-Wan Kenobi earlier this summer.
"That’s the peace that I felt. Moses Ingram being protected makes me feel protected. Do you understand what I’m saying?," Boyega said. "It makes me feel like, ‘Okay, cool. I am not the elephant in the room.’ Because when I started, it wasn’t really a conversation you could bring up. You know how they went through it. It was kind of like, ‘Let’s just be silent.’ It wasn’t a conversation you could bring up. But now to see how blatant it is, to see Ewan McGregor come and support…It, for me, fulfills my time where I didn’t get the support."
When Boyega was asked if he feels bitter that he didn't get the same protection that Ingram received, he admitted that he doesn't feel it all since it seemed like the studio has learned the lessons by taking an action when it comes to Ingram's situation.
"It doesn’t make me feel bitter at all. It makes me feel like sometimes you are that guy. And my dad taught me that," he said. "Sometimes you’re not the guy to get the blessing and sometimes you are Moses, you know, you lead the people to the mountain, but you see the destination. You don’t get to go in, you get others to go in. And that’s where you get your happiness from."
He continued, "And for me to see other people accepted, and then at the same time to see that the studios now are like, ‘Okay, cool. This is not an elephant in the room conversation. We need to support our Black client.’ It’s fantastic."
Just like what Boyega said, it is great to see that Disney made a public statement calling out the racist attacks against Ingram from fans and it is a huge step from their lack of responses in similar situations in the past. Hopefully, studios will continue to do it if ever it happens again later on.