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So, what's with the racism subplot?


You know what I'm talking about. The black men that the police arrest and treat badly (one even says he was beaten into signing his confession). That comes out of left field. What did this have to do with anything? The movie becomes as much about that as it does about The Clash.

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...it was to show the dichotomy of white and black: middle class white boys promoting social revlution can make it, while poor black petty thieves can't. Or something like that.

It sounded pretty flimsy.

I think it had something to do with reprenting blacks in a film that obviously owes so much to black influence (eg, the Clash's music, the NF, Rock Against Racism, the title Rude Boy) who would otherwise be absent.

That, and they wanted to be socially aware.

This is 100%

o frabjous day

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haha, I see what they were going for, I guess. But you're right, "flimsy" it is.

When I first watched I was like, "wait, we're these guys friends of the Clash and I wasn't paying attention?"

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to show what it was like back in the day

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very flimsy indeed

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The National Front vs the Left in Britain was a big deal in the late 70's.

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And the late 00's, so it seems.

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got me It makes me want to join the NF .

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