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Real Star Wars fans don't question a black stormtrooper

Arturo Garcia Sierra | 12/4/2014, 10:45 a.m.
Earth got a minute-and-a-half taste of what Star Wars Episode VII will look like over the weekend. We got to ...
This matters because a lot of the conversation online challenged the possibility of a black man being a stormtrooper.

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.

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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.

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Via Tumblr.com

So, the clones from episodes I, II and III all have to look alike because they're a clone of the same man.

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Via Tumblr.com

Stormtroopers are not clones of each other, so one of them can be a black man. They're people.

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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.

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Episode VII by Phil Noto

#SciFiSaturday #StarWars #TheForceAwakens by #PhilNoto. @starwars #JohnBoyega #DaisyRidley #EpisodeVII

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@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.

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John Boyega's Instagram

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Here's the full trailer:

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Star Wars Episode VII Trailer