Real Star Wars fans don't question a black stormtrooper
Arturo Garcia Sierra | 12/4/2014, 10:45 a.m.
Over the weekend, Earth got a minute-and-a-half taste of what Star Wars Episode VII will look like.
We saw a total of three human faces, one rolling robot and a triple-edge lightsaber.
The first face was John Boyega’s, a black, 22-year-old English actor.
Boyega is seen wearing stormtrooper gear. A lot of the conversation online challenged the possibility of a black man being a stormtrooper.
Why? Ignorance, mainly – but that’s nothing a quick Tumblr search can’t resolve.
Tweeters and Instagramers took their social media accounts to question the black stormtrooper because they think he’s a clone.
But, clones and stormtroopers are not the same. Tumblr user frodo-kenobi illustrates the difference.
So, the clones from episodes I, II and III all have to look alike because they're a clone of the same man.
Stormtroopers are not clones of each other, so one of them can be a black man. They're people.
Now that that's handled, here’s how more knowledgeable Star Wars fans rejoiced Boyega online: fan art.
@thegeekynerfherder shared a poster-like piece by comic-book artist Phil Noto.
@schweizercomics said he's pumped, as he should be.
@erickosunacabral shared his excitement to see "some color in the Star Wars universe."
May the force be with you, @jonathantorresartist.
@starwarsinforgraphic did their thing. This account is an entire gallery of Star Wars characters, posting a new illustration each day.
@cblakula draws stuff and he also animates it. Go ahead. Press play.
Even Boyega shared some art.
Here's the full trailer: