After Mark Hamill and Jordan Peele praised the actor, who stars as Finn in the franchise, the Star Wars Twitter account assured him of their support.
A message shared with their 4.4million followers read: ‘We stand with and support you, @JohnBoyega,’ with a link to his speech on YouTube.
Alongside this, they posted a black-and-white statement, telling fans: ‘LucasFilm stands with John Boyega.
’And his message that, “Now is the time. Black lives have always mattered. Black lives have always been important. Black lives have always meant something.”
‘The evil that is racism must stop. We will commit to being part of the change that is long overdue in the world.
‘John Boyega, you are our hero.’
However, many fans were upset by the post, taking aim at LucasFilm for not offering their support to John on occasions in the past – including when his character was shrunk in the Chinese poster for The Force Awakens in 2015, and when he faced racism on social media.
‘Y’all should’ve said something when the racists came out against him during his Star Wars movies,’ one suggested.
‘You didn’t f**king stand with him when the The Force Awakens poster released in China,’ another commented.
A Twitter user penned: ’You’ve never stood with or supported John before this… in fact ur execs and producers very blatantly sidelined his character and were silent when John was continually being harassed online and erased from ur promo. Why are u choosing now to stand up for him??? Cut the bulls**t [sic].’
‘But where were you when racists were in John Boyega’s mentions,’ a follower asked.
While a fan added: ’I’m looking forward to seeing you support his words with action.’
John has been praised around the world for his emotional speech during a demonstration in Hyde Park on Wednesday (3 June).
Breaking down in tears, he told the crowd: ’I’m speaking to you from my heart. Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f**k that.
‘I need you to understand how painful this s**t is.
‘I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing and that isn’t the case anymore, that was never the case anymore.
‘Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting.’
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