JJ has dreams of making it big in the reggae dancehall scene, although that’s not going to be easy for a white boy from Bristol. After moving to London with his boyfriend, Orlando, JJ impresses with his skills at the Urban Slam Finals, showing up the current kings of the dancehall, The Ilford Maniacs, in the process.
Not long after JJ comes out on stage, the Maniacs launch a brutal attack on Orlando, leaving him severely injured and brain damaged. After the attackers are charged with the violent assault, the trial comes down to whether they were motivated by homophobia and anger that JJ had done so well at the competition, or whether they were provoked because they heard Orlando say the word ‘nigger’. [Read more…]