John Boyega’s Speech in Support of Black Lives Matter Should Earn Everyones Respect

John Boyega’s Speech in Support of Black Lives Matter Should Earn Everyones Respect

John Boyega‘s (Star Wars) has always been an outspoken and unapologetic advocate for social justice and equality but during one of the rally’s in London he gave one of the most inspired speeches I’ve seen throughout the protests thus far and I think he should get some credit. John Boyega joined the likes of other celebrities such as Keke Palmer and Cole Sprouse as well as many players from the NBA who took it upon themselves to join in the protests over the death of George Floyd. Before watching this video I had always associated him with his Character from Star Wars when really I should’ve been associating him with his character from Attack the Block.

The way I see it is there’s 3 tiers of celebrities during this movement, people who use their platform to show their support, people who are out on the streets showing their support and people who are out on the streets demonstrating their leadership when people really needed it. It’s no knock to people who aren’t out their with a blow horn giving speeches to a crowd of protesters, every voice is important whether it’s on social media or out on the street, if anything this is suppose to praise him for willing to risk his career over a cause he feels is bigger than himself. He even acknowledged the potential risk to his career in the speech saying “Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but fuck that.” which in turn got a variety of directors including Jordan Peele, Edgar Wright, and Guillermo del Toro coming to his defense saying they’d be proud to work with him in the future. His speech also got the attention of his Star Wars costar Mark Hamill who showed his support over Twitter…

In moments like this I think the impact of the celebrity voice is more important than ever and having leadership like this goes even further. As black and white as some of these issues seem I think a lot of people need someone like John to be a role model and show them that speaking out for a cause your passionate about is worth the risk if it means living in a world free of bigotry and hatred. Hopefully now other celebrities will take his lead and speak out in similar ways.

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