BuzzFeed captured some of the reactions to the first black stormtrooper:
Wtf why is there a black stormtrooper. Stormtroopers can't be black because they're clones of a white dude- Alek (@Hay_Bales_) November 28, 2014
I read the Star Wars comments to get more excited with the fandom only to come upon black stormtrooper hate comments. -_-- Melody Simpson (@melodysimpson) November 28, 2014
A black stormtrooper?! THANKS, OBAMA!- cynicalmatt (@cynicalmatt) November 28, 2014
I really hope that Black Stormtrooper is gay.- Nick Mundy (@dickfundy) November 28, 2014
We can only imagine how a virtually unknown 22-year-old actor like John Boyega feels about being thrust into the spotlight like this. The British star kept things classy on Instagram, while subtly shading the fans in a tizzy over a black stormtrooper:
Nice. Get used to it. Much better than calling the critics stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herders. It's too soon to judge what's happening with Boyega's character, or judge much of anything about "The Force Awakens," other than to judge the fanbase just as passionate as ever. That's a good thing, right?
"Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens" opens on December 18, 2015.