“Because some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”
Alfred Pennyworth, The Dark Knight 2008
I published this quote from The Dark Knight as part of a post entitled “Movie Quotes That Define Their Generation” in November 2009. At the time I never expected it to be so true, or more to the point so close to home.
What begun as a protest following the shooting of a man by police in Tottenham, north London last week was quickly hijacked by mindless idiots bent on destruction and looting. After a weekend of trouble in London, the so called riots have been copied in other cities across England including my own, Birmingham.
I believe in the right to protest, however what has been going on over the last few days isn’t a protest. The rioters, looters or whatever you want to call them appear to have no cause or point of view they are trying to put across. If there is an point to the protest it is lost in the images of kids smashing the windows to steal hoodies, trainers and mobile phones. As supporters come out to try and justify the actions they talk about disaffected youth the governments austerity measures. Nobody is denying that the economy of the western world is on its knees and the short to medium term prospects for a lot of society isn’t great but this mindless action really isn’t helping.
Sorry for this little rant, movie blogging will resume shortly!