Gangstas making inroads in Australia
By Peta Hellard
GLAMOURISED in rap songs and Hollywood movies, America's violent gang culture has crossed borders and entered Australia.
NSW police this week acknowledged the global reach of American gangs in dangerously influencing wayward Australian youth.
Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said police were closely monitoring the trend of so-called gangs on the internet, which had given youngsters a new avenue in which to boast and brag.
"The concern for police is the Americanisation of these young men who are influenced by the criminal gang culture in the US, by parading themselves and thumbing their noses at the law," he says.
"These hoodlums take great delight in showing off."
Gangland fighting has been immortalised - and in many cases glamourised - by top-selling rap stars such as Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, Jay Z and Eminem.
WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. Check out these "gangstas" below. If you see them in the street, do NOT I repeat DO NOT approach them as they are extremely dangerous! Please contact Peta Hellard or Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione immediately.
The article then goes on to mention the murders of Biggie and Tupac as evidence behind the merging of hip-hop with gang culture. Well, if the article was titled "Suge Knight making inroads in Australia" then yes, bring up Biggie and Pac as evidence as to why Suge Knight moving to Bondi mightn't be such a hot idea, because that individual was as much behind that era of hip-hop violence as gangs were. I know there are kids in Australia who claim gangs, but damn it's nowhere near the level of American gang culture, and then to link it back to music - and Diddy and Jay-Z! - is stoopid. What's the bet Peta Hellard or Andrew Scipione has a son/nephew who's just started listening to 50 Cent, Eminem or even the damn Black Eyed Peas and they're worried (ie. ignorant) that the kid is turning into a little Doughboy.
If you feel a bit annoyed after reading stuff like this, cheer yourself up by picturing the writer having to turn to their sub and ask, "Do I spell it G-A-N-G-S-T-E-R-S or G-A-N-G-S-T-A-S?".