“There are no black people on Game of Thrones,” Boyega says. “You don’t see one black person in Lord of the Rings. And though Star Wars had featured a few black characters — Billy Dee Williams as a smuggler, Samuel L. Jackson as a peripheral Jedi — they were less represented in the galaxy than Ewoks. I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen,” says Boyega. “Because you see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you’re a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.” Wow, John. I don’t see how that makes Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings unwatchable. I mean, we had to sit through The Force Awakens watching your nonstop panting. See how crippling identity politics is, folks? See the full interview at GQ.
UPDATE: NEW DEBATE – Did Boyega really mean “He won’t pay to see predominantly white casts? Or did he really mean “I don’t pay all of this money to see movies just to see a predominantly all-white cast. There are other people in this world…. it’s disappointing.” There is a fine line of difference here, but both are still in poor taste in my opinion. Either way, GQ should have elaborated on these quotes in a way to make them less incendiary. What do you think?
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