So apparently this Boris Johnson fellow, the mayor of London or some such, said that knife crime should not be looked upon with the glamorous image that is currently has thanks to Shakespeare characters such as Mercutio from Romeo and Juliet.
I'm a little confused by the reference, since he was asked to explain who Mercutio was. (If this was happening in America his response would have been, predictably, "Mercutio. You know, the black guy from Lost. He played DiCaprio's gay friend at the party.") If nobody understands the reference, then can it really be said to have a "glamorous" image?
I appreciate a politician trying to seriously work in an actual Shakespeare reference, and not just a random quote, however.