I'm not qualified to talk about the merits of stopping screening the film (not banning it, there is a difference), but I'm hearing a lot of noise about how this is a 'racist' decision by the cinema companies. One comparison I've hear more than once is with the mass shooting at the cinema in Colorado showing The Dark Knight Rises, which didn't prompt any cinema chains to stop screening the film.
One tweet on the point read: "There was literally a mass shooting during The Dark Night Rises and that wasn’t pinned on White people and their media wasn’t banned? Absolute joke."
This is a ridiculous comparison for a number of reasons:
1. The decision to stop screening Blue Story was made by cinema chain in the UK, in response to incidents in the UK. The incident at The Dark Knight Rises involved a different cinema chain in a different country.
2. There were several violent incidents that led to the decision. If screenings continued it looked like violent incidents would continue to occur, and the cinema chain has a duty of care to its staff and customer.
3. The USA incident was a single, isolated incident, involving 1 perpetrator, who was caught after the incident. There was no suggestion that any similar incidents were likely to happen again at showings of the film.
This comes across as some people with a large chip on their shoulder looking for any excuse to play the race card.