The wire writer George Pelecanos says that watching the wire using subtitles is just criminal – you’ll miss the whole point.
“We wrote it so audiences would have to work at it!
We were not going to compromise in making it immediately accessible for everyone.
It [subtitling] kind of reminds me of scenes from that [1980 disaster film spoof] comedy, Airplane!, when two black guys speak, and subtitles appear on the screen.”
Apparently the Brits are having a difficult time to get to grips with the Baltimore street slang. Read the full story at the independent