The Straight Outta Compton movie portrays scenes of what N.W.A. members say they’ve experienced with police, and some cops aren’t liking the timing of the Straight Outta Compton film. While some say the Straight Outta Compton movie is very timely and topical with so many stories of police abuse hitting the news, others claim it rubs salt in the wounds. From the opening scenes of the Straight Outta Compton movie, which spoilers say starts off with a bang and a battering ram at a trap house, as reported by the Inquisitr, police presence is strongly felt.
From scenes in the movie that show Los Angeles cops playing God and pushing the group members down on the sidewalk, to those that depict Ice Cube getting hassled for simply walking home, Straight Outta Compton offers an eye-opening look for those unexposed to or unaware of police brutality. One person who wasn’t fully aware of the depths of his own father’s experiences with cops includes O’Shea Jackson, Jr., star of the movie who plays his own father so eloquently.
O’Shea admitted to Sirius Radio that even he didn’t realize how much his dad and N.W.A. members got hassled by the police. He said he had no idea of the extent of the events that happened in Detroit as portrayed in the movie, wherein cops warned the group not to sing their epic “F*** the Police” song. However, Ice Cube has taught others that the pen is mightier than the sword by channeling his anger into words.
Instead of representing a message that could make things worse in light of the highly-charged police climate, Straight Outta Compton and the current #BlackLivesMatter rallying cry is being called what’s missing in hip-hop, reports the Atlantic. At least those hip-hop songs that don’t focus on matters as substantive. When Ice Cube wrote “F*** the Police,” he was writing it from a place close to his experiences and his heart, and with the police violence that was capped off with the complete acquittal of four white policemen in the famous Rodney King beating trial, which sent the streets of Los Angeles burning in response, it was a topical song.
The social burdens of hip-hop are once again being examined, even as Los Angeles police say Straight Outta Compton puts them at risk and portrays them as “beating machines,” reports TMZ.
However, others note that while police presence and security surrounding the Straight Outta Compton movie showings and premiere, as reported by CBS News, might be welcomed by some, others see it as a double standard in light of the fact that violent shootings in recent years at movie theaters have involved movies such as Dark Knight and Trainwreck.
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