‘You ain’t no Muslim, bruv’: One Londoner’s perfect put-down of knife attacker goes viral

Police pin the knife attacker to the ground after he has been Tasered. Photo: AP

‘You ain’t no Muslim, bruv’: One Londoner’s perfect put-down of knife attacker goes viral

Associated Press in London
Police pin the knife attacker to the ground after he has been Tasered. Photo: AP

YouAintNoMuslimBruv became Britain’s top trending Twitter hashtag after video emerged of a passer-by shouting the scornful remark at a knife-wielding man in a London Underground station.

Police are treating Saturday’s attack at Leytonstone Tube station in east London as a “terrorist incident”.

In video footage, an onlooker is heard shouting in a thick East London accent “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv” as the 29-year-old suspect, reeling after being hit with an electric stun gun, is pinned down and handcuffed.

WATCH: ‘You ain’t no Muslim, bruv’

The dismissive retort was the top trending hashtag in both London and the whole United Kingdom.

Twitter user Arcanequaint called it “the most British response to a terrorist attack ever”.

Another called Russburt wrote: “One man does more for community cohesion with one sentence than any government initiative.”

Another called Muthla said: “Best trend I’ve seen – YouAintNoMuslimBruv regarding horrific attack in Leytonstone. Gotta love London for the trend!”

Sociologist Craig Morris wrote: “One sentence pushes away extremists and unites everyone else. This is our stance now. Great.”

Chris Lowndes said: “YouAintNoMuslimBruv is just perfect – real, inclusive, undermines terrorist cause.”

Twitter user Jackie Nn wrote: “youaintnomuslimbruv – so proud to be a Londoner. True Muslims don’t try and kill innocent bystanders. Peace to true Muslims.”

The male voice heard on the amateur mobile phone footage said: “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv! You’re no Muslim, bruv! You ain’t no Muslim!”

Onlookers also shouted “Drop it, you fool”, referring to the knife, and “Who is this idiot?”.

One eyewitness told the BBC that people barracked the suspect as police led him away and one person threw a bottle at him.

Twitter user Kellie O’Gara wrote: “Can we make Youaintnomuslimbruv the new battle cry against terrorism? No guns, no bombs, no threats. Just those five words.”

Writer Will Black said: “This should be played on tannoys across Daesh [Islamic State] gang areas and dropped on posters from planes.”

Leytonstone is one of London’s many diverse tube stops, with numerous languages spoken in the area. This diversity may have helped bred further contempt for an act seen to be at odds with the capital’s sensibilities of inclusion and community cohesion.

After the recent terrorist attacks in their city, Parisians responded with the #PorteOuverte hashtag, which people used to open up their homes to those stranded in the city, or get one of the free rides offered by taxi drivers. This not only generated a sense of open doors, but also nurtured open minds and open hearts that refused to be ruled by fear and suspicion.

In Australia last December, after a hostage crisis involving a self-professed Muslim preacher and Islamic State supporter, Australians used the #I’llRideWithYou hashtag to offer to travel with their fellow Muslim citizens to ensure they felt safe from anti-Muslim reprisal.

As one tweeter pointed out in the wake of the London knife attack: “Islamophobes and racists are unhappy with #YouAintNoMuslimBruv trending. They want division as much as Daesh does.”

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 December, 2015, 7:43am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 December, 2015, 9:13am
Associated Press in London
Source: http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1887932/you-aint-no-muslim-bruv-one-londoners-perfect-put-down-knife-attacker

Additional reporting by The Guardian


Robert’s View

Terrorists are no Muslims.
Murderers are no Christians.
Rapists are no Hindus.
Torturers are no Buddhists.
Terrorists have no religion.