Recently on the news I have seen the banning of the film "blue story" from cinemas in the UK, now this for me has sparked discussion online and among my friends and of course has led people to blow the event which occured way out of proportion.
Firstly, What Is Blue Story?
"Feature adaptation of Rapman's YouTube series about two young friends who become rivals in a street war."
That's the description google gave.
In all honesty, I really want to see this film, because Britain has a problem among young people with "postcode wars." Now I am fortunate enough to not have encountered this problem in real life, but it does happen- and as an outsider hearing about this problem, I don't fully know why this happens.
This film, however, may give me an insight and help me understand why this problem occurs. Sure, I have my own vague idea of why things as such happen- that's a discussion for another MyTake though.
What Was The Incident That Occured Causing "Blue Story" To Be Banned From Cinemas?
The Incident occured in the city of Birmingham.
A fight broke out between youths at the cinema, a girl aged 13, a boy and girl aged 14 and a man aged 19, were all held on suspicion of assaulting police- and a boy aged 14 was held on suspicion of obstructing police.
All five were then arrested on suspicion of a violent disorder after an image was shared on social media showing a number of youths one of which was carrying a machete.
This article reports it better than I can so if you want to know where I get my information from, here is my source: https://news.sky.com/story/birmingham-gang-film-pulled-by-cinema-chain-after-machete-brawl-at-complex-11868986
The Misconceptions I Feel I NEED To Debunk
"The Media Is Hiding Their Identity Because They Are Pakistani"
Firstly, you can't say they were Pakistani because no report on their ethnic background has been publicised. One photo of a group of kids with brown skin does not mean they are Pakistani. They may be Pakistani, they may not be Pakistani.
Secondly, the media has to keep even their identities confidential because while what they have done is awful, they are still children and the law states that because they are children their identity should be confidential.
Section 49 of the "Children and Young Persons Act 1933" places a restriction on reporting any information that is likely to or directly identifies any person under the age of 18 who is concerned in a youth court proceedings as a victim, witness, or defendant.
"There were 100s of armed Pakistanis"
Having already established we can't say for sure these youths are Pakistani because we don't know their ethnicity, I'll move on to the "100s" point.
There were not 100s of armed Pakistanis.
Police drew tasers and used a dispersal order to clear about 100 youths.
That doesn't mean 100s of youths were involved in the attack, what probably (not certainly but my best guess) happened was there happened to be a group of youths fighting and this attracted attention of other youths- so they went to watch and I can imagine they were most likely getting rowdy too.
Not 100s of ✌️Pakistanis✌️ attacking people with machetes.
Does Their Ethnicity Even Matter Though?
No ethnicity of these children does not matter. What stands out to me more than whatever skin colour they come in, is the fact that these people are children.
Rather than gawping at their ethnicity- if there is anything we need to gawp at it's their age. They are so young we need to ask why are they doing this?
What causes someone so young to attack the police?
What causes a young person to carry a machete?
Some people will hate me for saying this because they don't want to admit it, but ethnicity is not the problem here.
Accross the UK there has been knife crime involving Asian youth, white youth and black youth. The common denominator isn't ethnic background, the common denominator is the fact that it's happening among the youth.
I want to write a separate MyTake on UK knife crime, firstly, because I feel like it is an important issue happening in my country which should be discussed and secondly a g@g user requested a MyTake on the issue from me quite a while back.
Until then, thank you for reading this MyTake. :)