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The Arrival Of Top Boy Following George Floyd Will Be “Eye-Opening”

After George Floyd’s ‘Top Boy,’ The discourse around race in the United Kingdom has shifted after the final season of Top Boy debuted on Netflix in 2019.

Following the death of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, the popular show is returning to the streaming service.

However, police violence and racism aren’t new topics for Top Boy, which Drake executive produces. The show focuses on the realities of gang culture in the United Kingdom, drug selling, and the wealth gap.

Since the beginning, Dushane actor Ashley Walters says they’ve been dealing with themes like these, but some fans may find this season more difficult due to current events.

For some people, it will be eye-opening.

He tells Radio 1 Newsbeat, “I’ve always understood that police can be heavy-handed.”

“That was before George Floyd, but it will be eye-opening for those who don’t realise the extent of how horrible it can be at times, and we don’t shy away from that.”

“We’re all about it. We’re not doing things for the sake of glorification or anything like that. It’s something that people have to deal with.”

This year’s cast is just as strong as prior seasons. Kano, Michael Ward, and Little Simz are all back, as are sisters Jaq and Lauryn, played by Jasmine Jobson and Saffron Hocking.

Saffron feels that the show was dealing with a lot of these race issues long before George Floyd died in police custody.

“Everyone’s eyes were awakened by the Black Lives Matter protests,” she says. “However, I believe that Top Boy did expose black people on TV before BLM, and it was exposing to show black people on TV, and we continue to do so.”

Top Boy has been criticized for promoting stereotypes about black men, but Ashley responds that the show depicts a “particular slice of life,” not the entire Black British experience.

He says, “I think there’s potential for a lot of different shows to express a lot of different topics.”

“It is our job to accurately reflect the people whose tales we are telling.”

Season four explores issues such as homophobia, domestic violence, and deportation. Ashley considers this to be crucial.

“We’re dealing with issues and problems that are prevalent in our culture. We wish to provide a forum for our audience to discuss issues.”

Saffron agrees, claiming that the series is informative.

She says: “Coercive control, gaslighting, and stalking are all things that my character (Lauryn) has to deal with. And I sincerely hope that, due to Top Boy’s reach, it can reach a large audience.

“Hopefully, males watching Lauryn can look at themselves and their own behaviour and realise to themselves, ‘That ain’t right.'”

Actress Jasmine Jobson understands the pressure to create authentic narratives.

“We’re always under pressure to make sure we’re not glamorising things,” she says. “It’s extremely easy to glamorize this lifestyle and make people think it’s fascinating when it’s actually scary and dangerous.”

Is this the year of the Top Lady?

Women are prominent in this series, headed mainly by Jasmine’s character Jaq. She believes it is empowering to watch women succeed in any sector they choose.

“I only take on parts that allow me to influence people’s minds,” she adds. “I want women to believe that no matter what industry they work in, they can achieve success.”

“The top girls come out this season,” Ashley acknowledges but adds, smiling, “the show is always Top Boy.”

From March 18th, Top Boy has been available on Netflix.

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