A trip to London’s Carnival festival at Notting Hill turned into controversy for Star Wars actor John Boyega.
The 25-year-old posted a video of him whining with a woman dressed in a Caribbean mas costume and was instantly accused of being “demeaning” towards women all because he took part of a cultural dance at a cultural festival.
Born to Nigerian parents in London, Boyega was one of thousands getting their whine (or wine) on at the city's annual Notting Hill Carnival.
Boyega quickly caught heat from one Star Wars fan who was offended by the video and asked what would the lead females characters in the franchise do.
— Baymax (@BaymaxSix) August 30, 2017
Boyega politely clapped back with the quickness:
Yep! Rey would back it up!!!! Wooooooiiiiiii 😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/QpemYxHWjX— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) August 30, 2017
Can't lie though... carnival got my left leg twisted. Someone try do some acrobatics I wasn't ready for.— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) August 29, 2017
Despite the backlash from those unfamiliar with the traditions and customs of Carnival, Boyega garnered tons of support from fans who praised his dance skills and expressed their interest in the annual celebration. Twitter quickly came to Boyega's defense:
Strong women have and enjoy sex. This binary thinking is why the Jedi are a problem, like the Sith. Stop trying to shame people about sex.— Fauxlando Jones (@fauxlandojones) August 30, 2017
Please, stop judging a culture you don't know and you don't understand !— Major Chuzy (@MajorChuzy) August 30, 2017
If you can't distinguish the difference between fictional WHITE WOMEN and the cultural traditions of WOC you need to stop talking. Go knit.— Trish ♛ (@StilettoRoyalty) August 30, 2017
This is a cultural event... chill out please 😁— Kaela Baela (@KaelaRBaela) August 30, 2017
Is this real? Wtf does "strong female fictional characters" have to do with two people enjoying themselves?— Toleco (@CtolecoB) August 30, 2017
Welp idk when fiction character would be going to Carnival sooooooo.... Also you know Carrie would be like yasss get it boy! pic.twitter.com/pGGYww2Iak— Mrs. Frijoles 🌮 (@Alliefaye) August 31, 2017
Let him catch his whine in peace ffs😂— Jαy🤦🏽♂️🇧🇧 (@JaySupremeXI) August 30, 2017
I wish John Boyega would dance with me 😅 pic.twitter.com/mA0XBEKlT1— miscellaneous (@tokingtara) August 30, 2017
Even Boyega himself stood up the white tears and promised his fans his whine would continue:
oh shoosh. My responsibility is to myself. Go sit down jor.— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) August 30, 2017
I will expand my dancing & wining endeavours. With that being said.... Jamaica see you Sunday!!!! 🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲 #Phase2— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) August 31, 2017
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