The horrific stabbings that occurred on Saturday, December 5, at the London Tube station called Leytonstone has a curious hashtag called #YouAintNoMuslimBruv trending on Twitter. As reported by the Inquisitr, several videos show a man wielding a knife and scaring people in the London Tube station. One of those videos is pretty graphic, showing blood on the ground at the London Underground station, reportedly after the man had already stabbed a passenger. That’s where another man can be heard yelling, “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv!” at the man with the knife. As such, #YouAintNoMuslimBruv has received 45,400 tweets with that #YouAintNoMuslimBruv hashtag by Sunday, December 6.
Whereas Americans usually shorten the word “brother” to terms like “bro” or “bru” and other terms of endearment, the Urban Dictionary defines “bruv” as a term used by folks in London, mainly those from South London, to shorten “bruvva” or “brother” into “bruv.”
“Urban Dictionary Top Definition. bruv. A word used by mainly South Londoners. It’s the shorter version of ‘bruvva’ which is a slang variation of ‘brother’. Ez mate. You alright, bruv?”
In essence, the #YouAintNoMuslimBruv label is trending because the man screaming “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv” was trying to tell the guy stabbing folks in the London Tube station that the kind of terrorism the stabber enacted did not represent the morals and beliefs of the brotherhood of Muslims.
Warning: The following videos of the London Tube stabbing that caused the #YouAintNoMuslimBruv hashtag to trend in its wake are graphic and might be upsetting to some viewers.
The “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv” video follows directly.
The next video shows what happened prior to the London Tube station stabber being taken down to the ground by cops. In the video, the terrorist can be seen terrorizing travelers in the London Underground by waving around a knife and threatening their lives. It shows him being tased by police, but it appears he dodges the stun gun initially. One woman in the video can be heard saying she just wants to leave the London Underground station.
Whereas the Londoners watching the man threaten others’ lives with a knife beg the police to tase him, some Americans are commenting beneath the YouTube video of the event that the same incident might have ended with the man being shot by police if the same thing had happened in the U.S. However, in the recent tragic case of the Planned Parenthood attack, that wasn’t the case.
The Leytonstone stabbing video displays the police firing a taser, as reported by the Daily Mail. As a result of the stabbings, the leader of Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism unit, Commander Richard Walton, has related that the public should remain calm but cautious as the threat level of terrorism is high.
‘We are treating this as a terrorist incident.”
The London videos causing the “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv” hashtag to trend show the aftermath of the stabbings, not the actual stabbings, as reported by the Guardian. The knife attack at the Leytonstone underground station in London has caused a flurry of opinions to surface on Twitter under the #YouAintNoMuslimBruv hashtag.
#YouAintNoMuslimBruv is the most British thing you'll hear
For the most part, people are tweeting that the #YouAintNoMuslimBruv was a decidedly British thing to say.
#YouAintNoMuslimBruv Such a classic British response to an awful situation. Fair play to the police for apprehending him the way they did.— Lewis Huxley (@lewishuxley18) December 6, 2015
The fact that the man wielding the knife reportedly screamed ‘this is for Syria’ in the Leytonstone tube station, as reported by the Telegraph, is what is troubling to those posting about the “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv” statement.
Twitter is quickly showing the growth of the #YouAintNoMuslimBruv hashtag, which has grown to 54,100 tweets within approximately 30 minutes.