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5.0 out of 5 stars Romper Stomper: A Skinhead's Perspective, February 17, 2004
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Let me start out by saying that I am a skinhead. I am not racist in the slightest(though I'm not a SHARP). Romper Stomper is a very accurate portrayal of skinheads and the lifestyle(particularly that of racist skins). The music, the fashion, the attitudes are all very authentic. This is a far better researched movie when compared to American History X. It is true that Romper Stomper only portrays skinheads as racists, but that is the story it is telling. American History X explicitly states that skinheads are all racist and that Oi! is a racist style of music(whatever that means). American History X's major flaw is its generalization of the lifestyle. Romper Stomper doesn't refute that nonracist skins exist, it just doesn't show that side. In fact, I believe that in the extras it even mentions that there are organizations such as SHARP(Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice). The skinhead lifestyle(racist or nonracist) has not changed much since 1969. Skinheads still wear Fred Perry shirts, bomber jackets, 501 Levis, steel-toe Doc boots, and thin braces(suspenders). They still shave their heads. Skinheads love their Oi! music just as much as they did in the 70's and 80's. So, for me, once you peel away the backdrop of racism and the skinhead lifestyle, the skeleton of the story is a very Shakespeare-esque tale of two friends being torn apart by a common love to the point of tragedy.
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