John Boyega, the Stormtrooper featured in a recent trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has a simple message for his critics: Get used to seeing him.
In the Star Wars trailer, the 22-year-old black actor pops up wearing the classic Imperial Stormtrooper armor.
But his skin color prompted some controversy on social media sites and online forums.
Some Star Wars fans were upset that Boyega was apparently cast to play a Stormtrooper. These fans claimed that Stormtroopers were clones of Jango Fett, and since Fett wasn’t black, no Stormtroopers should be. There is only a black Stormtrooper because of “political correctness,” they lamented.
Boyega addressed his supporters and critics in an Instagram post on Saturday.
He wrote: “Thank you for all the love and support! The fan mail and fan art has added to my joy! Isn’t it crazy that Star Wars is actually happening? I’m in the movie but as a star wars fan I am very excited! A year is a long time but it will be worth the wait.”
“To whom it may concern… Get used to it. :)”
Watch the trailer below: