Over the weekend as racist Star Wars fans made extremely offensive comments about John Boyega’s character in The Force Awakens, and proceeded to edit him out of the trailer, one big “defense” for their actions popped up. Apparently it’s OK to be outraged and racist over this character because Stormtroopers are clones and it doesn’t make sense in light of that. The problem with that line of thinking is that it’s wrong, which makes it the flimsiest excuse possible.
There are a couple of reasons why people could still believe that Stormtroopers are clones:
1. The Clone Troopers in Episodes II and III had armor that was a precursor to the Stormtrooper design we saw in the Original Trilogy.
2. During the production of Revenge of the Sith, Lucas made an off-hand comment that some of the Stormtroopers could be clones. His idea was that if you were a rich member of the Empire and didn’t want to send their kid off to war, they’d just clone him and make him a Stormtrooper. That idea never became canon.
The actual canon of Star Wars establishes that Stormtroopers are NOT clones.
By the time of Star Wars: Rebels, the clones from the Clone Wars would be pushing 50-60 years of age. Remember, the clones aged twice as fast as everyone else. It’s already been hinted that we may see some of the clones from The Clone Wars appear on Rebels as Stormtrooper trainers, and they have already done one episode that focused entirely on the Empire recruiting children to become Stormtroopers. They are not clones.
Some people who wish to be ignorant of that fact use the excuse that not everyone watches the “cartoons”. Just because someone doesn’t watch something, it doesn’t mean it isn’t canon. But for those people, there is an example of the Stormtroopers not being clones in the Original Trilogy as well.
In the 2004 DVD cuts of the Original Trilogy, Lucasfilm dubbed over Boba Fett’s original voice with Temuera Morrison’s. As Morrison was Jango Fett, and the source of clones and Boba, this made sense in the canon. However, they did not dub over the voices of any Stormtroopers in any of the movies. That’s because the Stormtroopers are not clones. If they were the same as the Clone Troopers in the Prequels, they would’ve used Morrison’s voice as they did with Boba Fett.
So for those people editing John Boyega out of The Force Awakens teaser because it doesn’t met “fan expectations” are not only racists, they’re also bad Star Wars fans.