New Transformers Characters Raise Questions of Racism
I have to make full disclosure here. I have not yet watched the "BET Awards". It sits on my Tivo as I speak. I need to have a couple of drinks to put me in the mood before I watch.
Based on what I know about the contents of the REAL PEOPLE who were on stage at the "BET Awards"..........I just can't understand how the producers of the "Transformers" movie would ever come up with the idea of making two "Step and Fetch'It" characters. :-/
Clearly this is one of those "Only I can call a Black man the N-word" type of cases.
Some moviegoers believe two of the new robots in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen are more than meets the eye.
Skids and Mudflap, a pair of robot twins meant to provide comic relief, are being called racial caricatures, according to the Associated Press. The pair, which constantly bicker using street slang, admit they cannot read, and one of them has a gold tooth.
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The new characters have already drawn comparison to Jar Jar Binks, the broken-English-speaking alien from Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace that many fans labeled as a stereotype. But director Michael Bay insists jive-talking twin robots were only meant for laughs.
"It's done in fun," he said. "I don't know if it's stereotypes — they are robots, by the way. These are the voice actors. This is kind of the direction they were taking the characters and we went with it."
Mudflap is voiced by black actor Reno Wilson, while Tom Kenny — a white actor who also voices SpongeBob Squarepants — provides the voice of Skids. Wilson said he never thought of the characters — which uploaded what they know about humans from the Internet — as racial stereotypes.