John Boyega’s relationship with the Star Wars franchise is famously a rocky one, despite having starred in the most recent trilogy of films. In a recent talk with SiriusXM’s John Fugelsang, Boyega gave his opinion on the recent treatment of star Moses Ingram in her role in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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Boyega — who faced a ton of racist backlash during his time in the franchise as Finn — said that he was glad that Ingram’s issue not only got attention for how bad it was, but he was happy to see Disney and Ewan McGregor come to the defense of the actress, even though that may not have happened during his time with the films.
“Moses Ingram being protected makes me feel protected,” said Boyega. “Do you understand what I’m saying? It makes me feel like, ‘Okay, cool. I am not the elephant in the room.’ Because when I started, it wasn’t really a conversation you could bring up,” Boyega said. “You know how they went through it. It was kind of like, let’s just be silent. It wasn’t a conversation you could bring up. But now to see how blatant it is, to see Ewan McGregor come and support… it for me, fulfills my time where I didn’t get the support.”
Boyega went on to say that he didn’t feel bitter towards the news and referenced a story that his father told him about how sometimes, you won’t be the person receiving a blessing but will be the one who helps lead people to one.
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“It doesn’t make me feel bitter at all,” Boyega said. “It makes me feel like sometimes you are that guy, and my dad taught me that. Sometimes you’re not the guy to get the blessing and sometimes you are Moses, you know, you lead the people to the mountain, but you see the destination. You don’t get to go in, you get others to go in, and that’s where you get your happiness from. For me to see other people accepted, and then at the same time to see that the studios now are like, ‘Okay, cool. This is not an elephant-in-the-room conversation. We need to support our Black client.’ It’s fantastic.”