John Boyega Apologizes for 'Badly Worded' Comments Interpreted as Kelly Marie Tran Criticism

The 'Star Wars' franchise star offers some clarity after fans took his comments as being critical of his co-star.


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Star Wars franchise star John Boyega has clarified recent comments he made about social media that many fans interpreted as being critical of co-star Kelly Marie Tran. 

In a tweet early Thursday, Boyega explained that he was "in no way" referring to his co-star. "I was really speaking from my own perspective throughout this franchise. Sometimes I've felt strong and sometimes I've felt weak. Badly worded though. I apologize," he said.

In no way was I referring to Kelly when I made my comments although the interviewer mentioned her given the topic. I was really speaking from my own perspective throughout this franchise. Sometimes I’ve felt strong and sometimes I’ve felt weak. Badly worded though. I apologize.

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) December 12, 2019

The original comments in question went down during a recent Variety interview. Asked about the "double-edged sword" of social media engagement, with interviewer Adam B. Vary specifically mentioning Kelly Marie Tran, Boyega said he recognizes most backlash as being simply false.

"Being in this position, you just understand the masses, how the masses think, you know," Boyega said in the interview, published earlier this week. "Through social media, we get to engage, we get to have fun. But at the same time, for those who are not mentally strong, you are weak to believe in every single thing that you read. That's, you know, it is what it is. I don't know, for me anyway, when I see that [backlash], I’m like, well, that’s actually not true. But no, it is actually not true. So it's kind of like [shrugs] it is what it is."

Thursday, Boyega directed fans to a previous tweet in which he defended his co-star against social media bullying, stating his feelings on the issue remain the same.

My comments on Kelly specifically and online harassment remains the same via a tweet I put out a few years ago.

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) December 12, 2019

Here's the tweet he's referencing:

If you don’t like Star Wars or the characters understand that there are decisions makers and harassing the actors/ actresses will do nothing. You’re not entitled to politeness when your approach is rude. Even if you paid for a ticket! 🤷🏾‍♂️

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) June 12, 2018

The Rise of Skywalker, which has also been preceded by some revived Last Jedi debating, is out Dec. 20.

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