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Star Wars Actor John Boyega Shares Yoda's Message Of Support For Black Lives Matter

Star Wars Actor John Boyega Shares Yoda's Message Of Support For Black Lives Matter

Star Wars actor John Boyega hit headlines last week when he made an impassioned speech at a Black Lives Matter protest in London's Hyde Park last week that quite rightly went viral.

Now, he's shared a Black Lives Matter message from legendary Jedi Master Yoda. Well, sort of.

The 28-year-old actor shared a photo of the statue of Yoda outside of the Lucasfilm Campus in San Francisco, California after someone had written a message of support for the movement in green chalk.

John Boyega shared a picture of a Black Lives Matter message written on a statue of Yoda. Credit: Twitter/Yvette Nicole Brown
John Boyega shared a picture of a Black Lives Matter message written on a statue of Yoda. Credit: Twitter/Yvette Nicole Brown
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The graffiti mimicked how Yoda would express that support, reading: "Matter Black Lives Do."

Boyega shared a photo of the statue and its new message of solidarity on Instagram without adding any caption. The post, at the time of writing, has been liked more than half a million times.

Fellow Star Wars star Mark Hamill also shared the photo and did add a caption, writing: "Luminous beings are we... ALL."

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A tweet sent from the official Star Wars account after the speech read: "We stand with and support you, @JohnBoyega" and included a link to the speech.

The tweet also included a black and white photo of the actor giving the speech, along with a statement that read: "Lucasfilm stands with John Boyega and his message that 'Now is the time. Black lives have always mattered. Black lives have always been important. Black lives have always meant something.'

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"The evil that is racism must stop. We will commit to being part of the change that is long overdue in the world. John Boyega, you are our hero."

Hamill, Jordan Peele, JK Rowling, Charlie Brooker and many more all tweeted their support for Boyega after the speech.

Hamill wrote: "Never been more proud of you, John," while Peele simply said: "We got you, John."

Brooker wrote: "I would crawl through a barrel of broken glass to have John Boyega even so much as *glance* at one of my scripts."

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Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Yvette Nicole Brown

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity

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Mischa Pearlman

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