Earlier this week (June 3) thousands of activists marched in London, in solidarity with American protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd and other African Americans by police, including the 26 year old Breonna Taylor and the transgender man Tony McDade.
One of the the most notable moments from the protest, which has been widely shared on social media, saw the actor John Boyega address crowds of Black Lives Matter supporters in Hyde Park, saying that “black lives have always mattered” and “now is the time” for action.
“Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting,” @johnboyega just told #BlackLivesMatter protesters in London’s Hyde Park pic.twitter.com/P49cbwIp6P
Before delivering the passionate speech – which also saw Boyega advocating care for black women – he was also recorded saying: “Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but fuck that.”
Now, several high-profile filmmakers have responded to this comment, assuring Boyega that he will be accepted within the industry, and expressing their enthusiasm for working with him.
The director of Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele, for example, retweeted a post quoting Boyega with the caption: “We got you, John.”
Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker adds, “I would crawl through a barrel of broken glass to have John Boyega even so much as *glance* at one of my scripts,” while Booksmart director Olivia Wilde has said: “I would be honored to work with John Boyega and can only hope to have the chance. “
Both make the statements in replies to a tweet by the American director Matthew A. Cherry, who urged non-black creators to confirm their support.
I would work with John Boyega and I urge other Non-Black creators to affirm that they have his back as well. https://t.co/SqXgmIS5aR