Hackney council have banned filming of new British drama Top Boy, a Channel 4 show about gang culture and drug crime, because they felt it stigmatised black people.

Hackney town hall bosses refused permission for Top Boy to be filmed in any of its estates with Hackney mayor Jules Pipe saying the series would have a ‘detrimental’ effect on the area’s reputation. Pipe went on to say

Estates aren’t film sets – they are people’s homes. In this case, it was not fair on residents… having their neighbourhood stigmatised on national television as riddled with drugs and gangs.

Well we don’t mean to burst your bubble Mr Mayor but Hackney isn’t exactly Chelsea. Is one TV show really going to affect the borough’s reputation?

Do you think Hackney council’s decision was right?

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