John Boyega wants to hear your criticism loud and clear.
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<p>In a recent interview with <a href="https://mashable.com/2018/03/22/john-boyega-social-media-criticism/#7sqw.npJDgql" target="_blank">Mashable</a>, the 26-year-old "Star Wars" actor explained how he turns lemons into lemonade after spotting criticism directed at him on Facebook and Twitter. </p><h2>"I feel like for me to get any type of criticism, I would have had to work to a certain point," he said, smiling. "I would have had to gain success for someone to say 'I didn't like 'Star Wars.'"</h2><p>He <a href="https://mashable.com/2018/03/22/john-boyega-social-media-criticism/#7sqw.npJDgql" target="_blank">continued</a>:</p><blockquote>"What I fixate on is 'Wait a second. Wait. I'm in 'Star Wars'? <strong>I think it's brilliant! These are the comments that every actor should hope to get.</strong> It means you're doing well. You're doing something."</blockquote><p class="shortcode-media shortcode-media-rebelmouse-image"><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTM0NjE1OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNDUwOTE1OH0.68AnX9CJcc6e9rIdwyapOpLQ1mHTqGoQ6xmnPdssLKY/img.jpg?width=980" id="b0143" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="408d0030efee9843ea67d2b414f7e993" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"><small class="image-media media-caption" placeholder="add caption...">Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studio.</small></p><p><em>^ A live look at Boyega laughing off the haters. </em>😂</p><h2>Boyega doesn't welcome <em>all</em> criticism with open arms, though. And for good reason. </h2><p>Amid the buzz over 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," a certain segment of the sci-fi series' fans — <em>(cough, cough)</em> the racists — <a href="https://www.upworthy.com/all-the-times-star-wars-john-boyega-shut-down-race-based-criticism">were upset</a> that Boyega was cast as a Stormtrooper. <br><br>Stormtroopers apparently shouldn't be black. <br><br></p><p class="shortcode-media shortcode-media-rebelmouse-image"><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTM0NjE2MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NDkxNzMwNX0.m6g-OzjWi0tR-I2qIEbK67Oim4L0V6UkZmxOYR5Y-vo/img.jpg?width=980" id="6dd40" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c69a542fce5c53b2dcb109317cb6dd7e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"><small class="image-media media-caption" placeholder="add caption...">Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney.</small></p><p>To those critics, Boyega said, "Get used to it."</p><p>"I’m in the movie, what are you going to do about it?" the actor told <a href="https://vman.com/article/john-boyega/" target="_blank">V Magazine</a>. "You either enjoy it or you don’t. I’m not saying get used to the future, but what is already happening. People of color and women are increasingly being shown on-screen."</p><h2>Boyega's new comments on criticism is something we can all keep in mind. </h2><p>We may not all be movie stars, but most of us have our critics. </p><p>Someone isn't a fan of your artwork in the new exhibit? You were talented enough to get it featured. A hater pokes fun at you for finishing last in the 5K? You put in the work to cross that finish line.</p><p>Do as Boyega does, and let the trolls remind you to pat yourself on the back. </p>
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