**Warning: this post contains major spoilers for "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker."
Actor John Boyega, known for playing "Finn" in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, including Rise of Skywalker, recently spoke up after being accused of writing a misogynistic comment on social media.
On New Year's Eve, Boyega posted a video of himself dancing on Instagram and wrote:
Stepping into 2020 like
A fan hinted that Finn would be doing the same happy dance knowing he has a chance to get together with Rey, who had shared a romantic kiss right before Kylo Ren died at the end of the movie.
The fan wrote:
"My boy after realizing Kylo died so he can date Rey."
In the Rise of Skywalker it is implied that Boyega's character Finn has a secret crush on Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, and has failed in his attempts at verbalizing his affection to her.
The actor responded to the fan and used a sexual term.
"It's not about who she kisses but who eventually lays the pipe. You are a genius."
Here is a screenshot of the Instagram comment captured by @Arbiterwarpig.
JOHN BOYEGA THE ABSOLUTE CHAD MAN https://t.co/URXE6DV5pp— Arby (@Arby) 1577895601.0
Boyega's boastful comment riled social media users.
Page Six identified Twitter user Hannha Crogmen, who in a now-deleted tweet accused Boyega of being jealous of Adam Driver – the actor who played First Order leader, Kylo Ren.
"Bro you;re extremly disgusting and gross also f---ing disrespectful…you cannot be this jealous of adam driver dude."
"As a black woman i'm f---ing ashamed that someone like you represented us in star wars."
Boyega responded to the backlash by clarifying his quip did not apply to him and his co-star Ridley, but that it was intended for their fictional characters, instead.
"You obviously don't know the difference between a fictional world and reality."
@crogmen You obviously don’t know the diffrence between a fictional world and reality.— John Boyega (@John Boyega) 1577813537.0
Boyega added that his friend Ridley would not be offended by his comment.
"Daisy knows she isn't the character. Lol so tbh she doesn't give AF."
@ruthytje Daisy knows she isn’t the character. Lol so tbh she doesn’t give AF.— John Boyega (@John Boyega) 1577821974.0
However, his rationale was not enough to sway those who believed his comment was sexist.
@JohnBoyega @crogmen women, real or fictional, are not men's prizes.— Apfel (@Apfel) 1577813907.0
@JohnBoyega @crogmen thats so gross my dude. grow up.— AppleG715 (@AppleG715) 1577814644.0
@JohnBoyega @crogmen john.... stop it....— natalie (@natalie) 1577814369.0
@JohnBoyega @crogmen THAT'S SEXIST IN THE REALITY AND IN ALL THE FICTIONAL WORLDS. I SAID WHAT I SAID. BYEEEE— Saioa (@Saioa) 1577814867.0
And when a user called him out, he had combative words.
@i_amthe_senate And you’re an idiot.— John Boyega (@John Boyega) 1577822448.0
Others accused "Reylos" – a mashup term of Rey and Kylo for those rooting for their romantic involvement – of being too sensitive.
@JohnBoyega @crogmen Damn Reylos are mad LMFAO— Josh 🎮📺🏀#Avengers (@Josh 🎮📺🏀#Avengers) 1577816577.0
@RiseOfJediStorm @crogmen OP is a reylo shipper. she's just mad at John because his character survived TROS and her… https://t.co/foBWgnutYO— rey is a skywalker | 🧡🖤 (@rey is a skywalker | 🧡🖤) 1577816242.0
Some fans still had Boyega's back.
@JohnBoyega @crogmen it’s ok john the rational part of the fandom supports you, we appreciate and understand your humor— 𝙩 ⎊ (@𝙩 ⎊) 1577818265.0
@JohnBoyega @crogmen Tell👏🏻them👏🏻John👏🏻— birth month elf 🌸🧝🏼♀️🎁 (@birth month elf 🌸🧝🏼♀️🎁) 1577823832.0
@JohnBoyega @crogmen People take things so seriously. Life’s too short to go after John Boyega for a joke— Lianna V (@Lianna V) 1577820995.0
@JohnBoyega You don’t have to apologize or answer to anyone. This world is just so damn sensitive on everything. Pe… https://t.co/62kzhM7jza— Michael (@Michael) 1577898652.0
But when you are involved in a Hollywood juggernaut like Star Wars, perhaps it is best not to give in to the dark side.
@JohnBoyega @crogmen As a famous actor of a MASSIVE saga, it may be best to keep some comments to yourself. Whether… https://t.co/81vyZxyafl— 𝚜𝚊𝚛𝚊. (@𝚜𝚊𝚛𝚊.) 1577814184.0
Media outlets reported that Ridley has not personally commented on the issue and that representatives for Boyega have not immediately responded for comments.