The British star of the third “Star Wars” trilogy films “The Force Awakens” (2015), “The Last Jedi” (2017), and “The Rise of Skywalker” (2019) launched a social media tempest when he stated in an interview with GQ,
“I only date Black…then it’s about chemistry, personality, goals. Is there a synergy? Can I help you? Can you help me?”
He’s either very frank and courageous, or extremely naive. Naturally, the Right is pointing to him as an example of the Hollywood culture’s hypocrisy. “Imagine if a white celebrity said this the other way around,” asks the conservative “Gotcha!” site “Not The Bee.” ” If you’re putting skin color above things like chemistry and personality, however,” Holly Ash writes, “I might argue that you’re technically, per the definition of the term, a little racist.” Oh? I might argue that you are using a lousy definition. Racist means that one regards one race inferior to another, to the extent of regarding individuals of the race intrinsically inferior. What Boyega is describing as a bias, and biases are innate, natural, human, unavoidable, and yes, they make us stupid. It is our duty as ethical beings to try to recognize biases and their emotional, irrational nature, and, if possible, get past them. However, preferring the company of people more like yourself than not is a a very natural bias, especially when it comes to romantic and intimate relationships. A racial bias like Boyega’s has to be kept in its proper place, just like, say, a man’s preference for attractive women. That is his right as sexual creature, but the bias is unethical if he’s hiring a staff….unless he’s directing a “Charley’s Angels” movie, or something similar.
To his credit, the actor is not backing down, tweeting,
Well, it is being debated, much as he would wish otherwise. He also tweeted,
Always thought certain reactions to preference would only occur if you belittle other people while expressing what you like. This would mean your preference is based on negativity. Yet all I have expressed is my love for cultural familiarity and the positivity I feel. Interesting
I guess that’s one word for it. It will really be interesting to see if Boyega is forced to grovel an apology, as the equivalent white male star would be if he dared to announce that he only was attracted to white women. (Fat women? Thin women? Muscular women? Short women? Submissive women? Feisty women? Rich women? Dumb women? Smart women? Bald women? French women? Mutes? Midgets? Amputees? Contortionists? Progressives? Women who hate Donald Trump?)
The more I think about this, the more I’m tending more toward naive than courageous, but we still owe the actor kudos for raising this issue, wisely or not. Maybe, as a black man, Boyega thought that woke cant and political correctness was too far out of range to wound him. If so, then as John McClane would say,