Adesuwa Etomi, DJ Cuppy, Laycon And Other Celebrities Amplifying #EndSARSProtests Online

Celebrities lend their voices to the #EndSARSProtests

 

Celebrities like Folarin “Falz” Falana, DJ Cuppy, Adesuwa Etomi-Wellington, Laycon, John Boyega, and many other celebrities have lent their voices both online and physically to causes related to the #EndSARS movement as the nation continues to see protests related to outright and systemic abuse and police brutality.

A renewed focus was placed on the #EndsSARS movement fresh bouts of peoples’ tweets on their experience with the members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). This has sparked protests in different parts of the country.

Many celebrities attended protests, but others have used social media to promote the campaign that seeks to make calls to “end SARS”.

Here’s a rundown of just some of the prominent figures that have lent their voice to the cause.

When Adesua Etomi-Wellington tweeted this, a twitter user replied saying, “In your house or on the streets?”. She commented saying, You don’t know people’s situations. Let those that can go out go out, let those that can tweet tweet, let those that can Instagram, post. Focus on the people doing absolutely nothing, like THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT.”

John Boyega Cut Ties With Jo Malone After China Ad Re-Shoot Blunder

 

Actor John Boyega has announced he is stepping down as brand ambassador Jo Malone after the perfume brand dropped him for the re-shoot of its advert in China.

The “Star Wars” star wrote on Twitter Tuesday that the brand’s decision to “replace my campaign in China by using my concepts and substituting a local brand ambassador for me, without either my consent or prior notice, was wrong.”

Jo Malone, an upscale British perfume brand owned by Estée Lauder, admitted replacing Boyega with Chinese actor Liu Haoran is “a faux-pas.” The British perfume and scented candle company issued an apology to the actor for taking a personal video he made for them and reshooting for the Chinese market.

“I have decided to step down as Jo Malone’s global ambassador,” the actor of Nigerian heritage tweeted on Monday. “When I joined the brand as their first male global ambassador last year, I created the short film we used to launch the campaign. It won the Fragrance Foundation Virtual awards 2020 for Best Media Campaign.”

“The film celebrated my personal story– showcasing my hometown, including my friends and featuring my family,” Boyega wrote.

 

John Boyega in Jo Malone short on a horse.

 

The remade film kept out many elements of the ad such as Boyega’s family members and his childhood neighborhood, Peckham, in London. It also did not feature any black persons.

Boyega said he knew about it on Twitter.

In a statement Monday, Jo Malone said, “We deeply apologize for what, on our end, was a mistake in the local execution of the John Boyega campaign. John is a tremendous artist with great personal vision and direction. The concept for the film was based on John’s personal experiences and should not have been replicated.”

The company said it also apologized to Chinese actor Haoran, who was not involved in the conceptualization of the campaign but got caught in the crossfire.

“While we immediately took action and removed the local version of the campaign, we recognize that this was painful and that offense was caused,” it added. “We respect John and support our partners and fans globally. We are taking this misstep very seriously and we are working together as a brand to do better moving forward.”

The original short — released last year and titled London Gent — showed Boyega on the streets of his home district of Peckham in London, hanging out and dancing with his friends and spending time with his family, who also appear wearing traditional Yoruba attires.

It was not the first time Boyega was left out of a Chinese ad. In “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in which he played a leading role as Finn, he was excluded from the poster for the movie in China.

In June, the star made an emotional speech on racism when he joined Black Lives Matter protests in London were he said didn’t care what happened to his career as long as the truth is told.

 

British actor John Boyega speaks to protestors in Parliament square during an anti-racism demonstration in London, on June 3, 2020, after George Floyd, an unarmed black man died after a police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest in Minneapolis, USA.

 

John Boyega To Play ‘TY’ In Movie Starring Hanks, Watson

JOHN BOYEGA webBritish actor of Nigerian origin, John Boyega is billed to play the lead character for the screen adaptation of Dave Eggers‘ 2013 novel, the circle.

Boyega who played the character ‘Ugwu’ in Half Of A Yellow Sun, will share the screen with top Hollywood acts including Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in the new movie.

Boyega will play TY – a young boy with special powers – in The Circle.

Star Wars Episode VII Trailer Blasts More Than 40 Million Views in 3 Days

star-wars-force-awakens-trailerThe Star Wars Episode VII: ‘The Force Awakens’ 88 seconds teaser trailer has blasted more than 40 million views in the last 72 hours.

Initial reports from The Hollywood Reporter indicate that Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer topped 40 million YouTube views between its Friday morning debut and Sunday afternoon. That would put viewers’ first taste of the Star Wars sequel on track to be one of the most-watched trailers of the year. The trailer for 50 Shades of Grey only pulled in 36.4 million views in its first four days, while Avengers: Age of Ultron’s teaser assembled 50.6 million views in its first five days.

Though there’s still no notion of the overall story,” it added, but conceded “it’s a cracking teaser”.

However, there were more unpleasant reactions for 22-year-old John Boyega, who rose to fame in the British film Attack The Block.

Online trolls targeted the actor with racist abuse, while some Star Wars fans complained that a Storm Trooper couldn’t be black “because they are all cloned from Jango Fett”.

Boyega responded with a statement saying “Thank you for all the love and support… Isn’t it crazy that Star Wars is actually happening?”

He added: “To whom it may concern… Get used to it.”

The seventh film in the Star Wars universe, ‘The Force Awakens’ is due for release in December 2015.