John Boyega comments on setbacks faced by Moses Ingram in Obi-Wan Kenobi

John Boyega’s relationship with Star wars franchise is famously a rocky one, despite having starred in the most recent trilogy of films. In a recent chat with SiriusXM’s John Fugelsang, Boyega offered 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 on the franchise as Finn — said he was glad Ingram’s problem was not only getting attention for how bad it was, but he was glad to see Disney and Ewan McGregor come to the defense of the actress, although it may not have happened during his time with the films.

“Being protected by Moses Ingram makes me feel protected,” Boyega said. “You know what I’m saying? It makes me feel like, ‘Okay, cool. I’m 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 like, let’s just be quiet. It wasn’t a conversation you could record. But now to see how obvious it is, to see Ewan McGregor come and support… it for me fulfills my time when I didn’t get the support.”

Boyega went on to say that he didn’t feel bitter about the news, referring to a story his father told him about how sometimes you don’t want to be the person to receive a blessing, but you want to be the one to help with leading 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’re the guy and my dad taught me that. Sometimes you’re not the guy to get the blessing and sometimes you’re Moses, you know, you lead the people to the mountain , but you see the destination. You don’t get in, you get others 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 studies are now like, ‘Okay, cool. This is not an elephant-in-the-room conversation. We need to support our black client.’ It is fantastic.”

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