Twitter user calls out Star Wars actor John Boyega for dancing at carnival
Over the recent Bank Holiday weekend in the United Kingdom, thousands made their way down to West London for the Notting Hill Carnival.
It's perhaps the biggest celebration of Caribbean culture in the UK, and although this year's carnival took place in the shadow of the Grenfell Tower tragedy (which occurred close by in Kensington), there was plenty of cheer to be had over the two days of festivities.
We also had a fair few celebrity appearances at this year's carnival, and one celebrity in particular seemed to have a moderately good time over the weekend. His action, though, have drawn a little bit of criticism online from one user in particular.
This is John Boyega. You'll recognise him as the character Finn from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but you may also have caught him in the recent film Detroit, which shone an unflinching light on the violence at the Detroit Riots 50 years prior.
He's part of the new generation of top-level actors, but he also likes to let loose once in a while, and he certainly did that at this year's Notting Hill carnival. Returning to his native London to enjoy the party, the 25-year-old was captured getting up close and personal with a dancing participant at the West London parade.
We saw John Boyega grinding up on a lady at the Notting Hill Carnival on Instagram. The post has since been deleted, and on Twitter, Boyega himself didn't post the footage; instead, he merely alluded to it in a coy fashion, saying: "Someone try do some acrobatics I wasn't ready for".
He was immediately called out by the user @BaymaxSix, who posted footage of Boyega grinding on a woman and criticised the actor for not showing the proper respect to women, saying the entire situation was "not funny".
Luckily, not only is John Boyega a talented actor, he also has a bit of a sense of humour about himself. His response shut down the Twitter troll quite emphatically and hilariously.
The critical response to Boyega's having his very own "force awakens" moment, is fairly critical of the post from @BaymaxSix. Most didn't see nothin' wrong with a little bump 'n' grind, while some people alluded to the fact that there were two consenting adults here, just trying to have fun, taking a dim view of @BaymaxSix's definition of "strong females".
On the one hand, Boyega's status as a star in one of the timeless franchises in pop culture might mean that he's a role model for impressionable young Star Wars fans, but on the other hand, he's a fully-grown adult, and he's perfectly entitled to let loose once in a while.
It's also important to note that the Notting Hill Carnival encapsulates a slightly different atmosphere and culture, and if you've attended one, you'll notice that the dancing is usually of a similar nature. All in all, it looks like someone's kind of making a mountain out of a molehill here.
If, by any chance, you didn't get to see John Boyega's star turn in the Kathryn Bigelow drama Detroit, then your next chance to catch the 25-year-old actor is in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. That comes out in December of this year, and it looks like it'll be worth the wait. In the meantime, let's let John Boyega dance, shall we?
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