During an appearance at Black Lives Matter protests in London, Star Wars actor John Boyega voiced concerns over his future in the entertainment industry, but it seems that those fears were unfounded. Entertainment Weekly reports that many filmmakers and writers are standing alongside him and his beliefs.
"Black lives have always mattered," Boyega said. "We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting."
Boyega participated in a protest near London's Parliament building and a second demonstration at Hyde Park.
"I don't know if I'm going to have a career after this but, fuck that," he added. The statements come after Boyega's tweets last week, which read "I really fucking hate racists" and "This just burns. Seems to be a never ending cycle. The murderers need to be charged severely. Even in the face of death this man was given zero empathy."
After Boyega's statements at the protest were published online, director Jordan Peele, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker, and Chris Miller, the producer of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, all voiced their support, writing that they would be proud to work with him in the future.
Oh god I WISH, Ojalá! From Attack The Block to this day! pic.twitter.com/sB7eJqF0sy
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 3, 2020
I would crawl through a barrel of broken glass to have John Boyega even so much as *glance* at one of my scripts. https://t.co/0bcLeldaEg
— Charlie Brooker (@charltonbrooker) June 3, 2020
— Christopher Miller (@chrizmillr) June 3, 2020
Boyega joins other celebrities who are out at the protests supporting Black Lives Matter. Keke Palmer also made headlines when her impassioned pleas to the National Guard at a Los Angeles protest went viral. Ariana Grande, Tinashe, Halsey, Emily Ratajkowski, and Nick Cannon also marched in protests over the weekend.
You can also donate to help bail out protestors who have been arrested via legal funds and organizations, including Black Visions Collective, The Bail Project, Brooklyn Bail Fund, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, or the ACLU.