The only time I witnessed the National Athem being played in the cinema was in an episode of Dad's Army.
God knows when you were last here but I bet it was before I was born.
The played God Save the Queen before every movie presentation.
When did they stop playing the national anthem at the end of cinema shows?
The custom for last house audiences to stand to attention for the national anthem died out with the culture of deference in the early 1960s. Previously, it had been considered bad manners and disrepectful to the monarch to leave as soon as the action ended. Moreover, with the credits coming at the beginning of a picture, it was easy for cinema managers to play the anthem before anyone could reach for their coat.
However, in the late 1950s, disregarding the anthem came to be seen as an act of socio-political protest among students and efforts to play God Save the Queen before the main feature were abandoned as latecomers ignored it to find their seats before the picture started. With British movies being dominated by angry young men in kitchen sink sagas that reflected the reality of everyday life, the anthem ritual becoming increasingly anachronistic and exhibitors simply gave up trying to impose decorum on their patrons.
I don't know if ITV did though.
To undercut Brexit, the botched handling of coronavirus, the flood of foul play of public servants, and the general shittery of the past two years, came this feel-good story.
In the hours leading up to their moment, England should have been consuming uplighting footage of supportive chants, bumping their chests out prouder than ever.
Instead, the scenes that marked the build-up to their showpiece against Italy involved men firing flares out of their arse at Leicester Square, King’s Cross having to be evacuated due to pyro, bottles thrown to smash up a Burger King window and each other, fights with police, several arrests for disorderly behaviour and the destruction of areas around London with litter and what has been described as a mixture of “piss and beer”.
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And that was before the real mayhem begun outside Wembley as the players were taking their pre-match pitch stroll ahead of a milestone moment in their careers.
The stadium had to be briefly locked down after hordes of ticketless fans had breached sections of the stadium and stormed the concourse. Fences were torn down and thrown aside, with multiple eyewitnesses suggesting thousands had pushed in, including through a disabled entrance.
The breach prompted violence, with videos capturing an adult punching a kid in the head inside the stadium, while a group of men kicked an Asian male while he was on the floor.
Last season Haringey Borough in north London were the victims of racist abuse from Yeovil Town fans during an FA Cup qualifying game. Their goalkeeper Valery Pajetat was spat at, pelted with stones and called a “black ****”. After the game was stopped for several minutes, manager Tom Loizou decided that there was only one course of action. “My players were getting racially abused,” he says now. “The referee had no control. So I decided to take them off. The FA Cup don’t mean that much to me. I said to the Yeovil manager: ‘Good luck in the next round.’”
And yes... I have a personal dislike of the UK. We are a former colonial property of the UK. The White Supremacy and the legacy of slavery in the US came directly from England. We are still suffering for this horrible legacy. The White Supremacists in the US yell at people for not speaking English.
If we had been colonized by tHungary, maybe I would feel differently. It is pure hypocrisy for someone from the UK to disparage America for race relations.
The White Supremacy and the legacy of slavery in the US came directly from England.