Boyega took to Twitter on Thursday to clarify his remarks to Variety’s Adam B. Vary that social media was a tough environment “for those who are not mentally strong” and that “you are weak to believe in every single thing that you read.” Some interpreted Boyega’s comments as a slam on Tran, who quit social media last year after months of harassment.
Boyega said Thursday that he was not speaking of his co-star, whose character in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Rose Tico, was the first woman of color in a lead role in the iconic franchise.
“In no way was I referring to Kelly when I made my comments although the interviewer mentioned her given the topic. I was really speaking from my own perspective throughout this franchise.