A council banned filming of a television drama about drug crime and gangs on an east London housing estate - because it stigmatised black people.Whoops!
Hackney mayor Jules Pipe vetoed filming after the council considered if the series would have a 'detrimental' effect on the area's reputation.Trust me, Jules, everyone already knows the place is a cesspool.
He said: 'Estates aren't film sets - they are people's homes.What’s ‘not fair’ on the residents is having their neighbourhoods actually riddled with guns and drugs, Jules…
'In this case, it was not fair on residents... having their neighbourhood stigmatised on national television as riddled with drugs and gangs.'
Toyin Agbetu, whose organisation Ligali campaigns against negative stereotypes of black people, told the Independent On Sunday: 'You don't have to always portray the African community as drug-dealing, gun-toting criminals.So, the fact that the tv company is
'This isn't the time to be going backwards and focusing on these stereotypes. We don't need to perpetuate more reasons for civil unrest; there are many great stories that don't need to focus on the boy in the hood.'
Do you idiots ever listen to what comes out of your own mouths?
It’s not like this is the work of some Islington ivory-tower dweller, either:
Bennett has lived in Hackney for 25 years and was inspired to write the series when he saw a child dealing drugs near his home.Indeed!
Director, Yann Demange, defended the drama. 'Whether one likes it or not, we're shining a light on a particular part of London and it is truthful,' he said.And of course, there’s nothing like a little bit of controversy to fuel publicity for a new tv series, is there..?