*Black British actor John Boyega lashed out at Samuel L. Jackson via Twitter for criticizing the casting of British actors as African-Americans in movies.
Jackson was commenting on Jordan Peele’s new comedy horror “Get Out,” which stars British actor Daniel Kaluuya as an African-American man meeting his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time.
“I think it’s great that movie’s doing everything it’s doing and people are loving it,” Jackson said during an interview on New York’s Hot 97. “But… I know the young brother who’s in the movie, and he’s British. I tend to wonder what that movie would have been with an American brother who really feels that.”
He suggested that as a Brit, Daniel would not fully understand the difficulties of interracial dating experienced by African Americans.
“Daniel grew up in a country where they’ve been interracial dating for a hundred years,” he said. “What would a brother from America have made of that role? Some things are universal but (not everything is).”
British actor Boyega, of “Star Wars: Rogue One” fame, fired back at Jackson on Twitter. “Black brits vs African American. A stupid ass conflict we don’t have time for,” he wrote.
Black brits vs African American. A stupid ass conflict we don’t have time for.
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) March 8, 2017
Watch Jackson’s comments on Hot 97 below: