Vue Removes ‘Blue Story’ From Cinemas
In the last 24 hours, Vue Cinema has become the target of mass outrage on social media, over the reports of the company making the decision to pull Rapman’s ‘Blue Story’ film from all their cinemas, after reports of a ‘machete’ brawl in Birmingham.
The report mentioned:
“Seven police officers were injured after they were called to reports of 100 people – including youths and thugs with machetes – fighting in the entertainment complex Star City near Nechells just after 5.30pm on Saturday.
Families with young children were ready to enjoy the first opening Saturday of Frozen II when the violence broke out.”
Vue Cinema’s decision to remove Blue Story from their UK cinemas has been done with immediate effect.
Social Media Had A Lot To Say About This
Social media has been on fire with many people expressing their disgust at the situation. Many questioning the fact that the brawl at the cinema happened during a showing of Frozen 2, yet Blue Story is facing the consequences of this isolated incident.
A wider racial discussion is being had about the agenda that certain institutions have against black centred content, especially when compared to similar situations happening with other demographics and other films, with similar consequences not being enforced in those instances.
And this is how they continously build their agenda against black content.. Something that happened during Frozen 2, they’ve now placed the blame on Blue Story. It’s nasty and needs to stop 🤢 https://t.co/7AbqsgEqUX
— Josh Bridge (@JoshBridge_) November 24, 2019
No violence anywhere in London.. Croydon Vue was packed out with hella Black yutes last night & everyone was vibesing before and after. Vue were just itching to ban it.
— Lillian (@LillzTrackLife) November 24, 2019
This is the type of insidious racism we have to deal with in Britain. @vuecinemas actions are fundamentally racist, and as an employer of black staff across the country, this is disgusting, considering the pay lip service they pay to diversity during their recruitment process.
— Not Derin's Dad Yet (@15Swiss) November 24, 2019
— – (@CJXCII) November 24, 2019
There was literally a mass shooting during The Dark Night Rises and that wasn’t pinned on White people and their media wasn’t banned? Absolute joke.
— #NoBlueNoVue (@WilliamAdoasi) November 24, 2019
So a bunch of kids in
BIRMINGHAM have a mass brawl with machetes during a viewing of… wait for it…
But Blue Story is the film getting banned???
Make it make sense
— JEMEL ONE FIVE🇯🇲 (@JemelOneFive) November 24, 2019
The fact that these are the kids that ruined bluestory showing at vue is giving me severe high blood pressure https://t.co/gECgNfudcq
— INNIT THO OUT NOW. Alika (@TheRealAlika) November 24, 2019
Frozen 2 viewing yet Blue story is the one being banned? Make it make sense 🤔 https://t.co/OOfIdTOZvZ
— Tequila Taze (@TazerBlack) November 24, 2019
a man killed 12 people at Batman and all they did was increase security😣 https://t.co/yCLyfeYWn2
— RS (@RushPLS) November 24, 2019
Boycotting VUE Cinema has been a common thread of conversation, with #NoBlueNoVue and #BoycottVue being the hashtags that have been trending.
@vuecinemas is showcasing the finest institutional racism we’ve seen. Can your team please help us the public understand how the kids involved in the brawl had any connection to the Blue Story movie? #NoBlueNoVue #BoycottVue
— BBE (@bbeldn) November 24, 2019
I’m more than ready #NoBlueNoVue ❌
— Sex-SYMBL (@oneacen) November 24, 2019
You Have To Question Vue’s Decision To Remove The Film
This whole situation is one that has rubbed many people the wrong way. Many are frustrated at the knock on effect this can have on the film’s opening weekend’s box office figures and the bigger picture this can have on major companies’ decision to back future films from black creators.
It’s highly surprising to see companies making such a big and extreme decision after one isolated situation, people are highlighting a case of Vue displaying discrimination in how they have approached the matter.
Hmm the Vue cinema must not know that Rocnations legal team doesn’t play. @RealRapman definitely has a discrimination lawsuit here. Damages and loss of earnings 👀👀👀👀
— Jaded 🇪🇷🇯🇲 (@Jada_london) November 24, 2019
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