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nx1701g June 25 2009 02:16 AM

Transformers: Revenge of the Racial Caricatures
 
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Jive-talking twin Transformers raise race issues:
Harmless comic characters or racist robots? The buzz over the summer blockbuster "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" only grew Wednesday as some said two jive-talking Chevy characters were racial caricatures.

Skids and Mudflap, twin robots disguised as compact hatchbacks, constantly brawl and bicker in rap-inspired street slang. They're forced to acknowledge that they can't read. One has a gold tooth. [MORE]
So did you think that they were racial caricatures?

Bad Bishop June 25 2009 02:29 AM

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nx1701g wrote: (Post 3120579)
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Jive-talking twin Transformers raise race issues:
Harmless comic characters or racist robots? The buzz over the summer blockbuster "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" only grew Wednesday as some said two jive-talking Chevy characters were racial caricatures.

Skids and Mudflap, twin robots disguised as compact hatchbacks, constantly brawl and bicker in rap-inspired street slang. They're forced to acknowledge that they can't read. One has a gold tooth. [MORE]
So did you think that they were racial caricatures?

Never mind them. Is it true that the hand-wringing POTUS in the film is named Obama?

Kaijufan June 25 2009 02:54 AM

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I bet Michael Bay wishes he could of made all the robots racial stereotypes because I'm sure he would find it hilarious.

Bad Bishop June 25 2009 03:01 AM

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Kaijufan wrote: (Post 3120700)
I bet Michael Bay wishes he could of made all the robots racial stereotypes because I'm sure he would find it hilarious.

You don't like Michael Bay, therefore it's OK to insinuate that he's a racist, lack of evidence notwithstanding. Nice going, chump.

Mr. Laser Beam June 25 2009 03:03 AM

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Bad Bishop wrote: (Post 3120621)
Is it true that the hand-wringing POTUS in the film is named Obama?

Obama is the president in the film, yes. But he's not hand-wringing. In fact we never see him at all. He's only mentioned once: in one line that says he's being moved to a secure location. That's it.

Bad Bishop June 25 2009 03:17 AM

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Mr. Laser Beam wrote: (Post 3120724)
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Bad Bishop wrote: (Post 3120621)
Is it true that the hand-wringing POTUS in the film is named Obama?

Obama is the president in the film, yes. But he's not hand-wringing. In fact we never see him at all. He's only mentioned once: in one line that says he's being moved to a secure location. That's it.

Some people who've seen the film think that it is not flattering to the POTUS:

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Variety's David Cohen saw the latest "Transformers" movie --- "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" --- and filed this report on its reference to President Obama, but not, at least in his eyes, in a good way.

Cohen*writes, "So as usual in these movies, the federal bureaucrats are portrayed as annoying if not villainous. The President's man, "Galloway," is a bespectacled blowhard who becomes an obstacle to our brave fighting men and their alliance with the noble Autobots. Operating specifically under presidential authority, he makes all kinds of mischief. He says the President wants to try "diplomacy" against the evil Decepticons and hints the President would consider handing over Shia LaBouf's character to be killed by them.
http://www.wilshireandwashington.com...-at-obama.html

StarTrek1701 June 25 2009 03:40 AM

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nx1701g wrote: (Post 3120579)
Latest from Yahoo:

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Jive-talking twin Transformers raise race issues:
Harmless comic characters or racist robots? The buzz over the summer blockbuster "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" only grew Wednesday as some said two jive-talking Chevy characters were racial caricatures.

Skids and Mudflap, twin robots disguised as compact hatchbacks, constantly brawl and bicker in rap-inspired street slang. They're forced to acknowledge that they can't read. One has a gold tooth. [MORE]
So did you think that they were racial caricatures?

Even if they were (haven't seen the movie, will see Saturday) I wouldn't give a shit.

Mr. Laser Beam June 25 2009 03:42 AM

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Bad Bishop wrote: (Post 3120773)
Some people who've seen the film think that it is not flattering to the POTUS:

Galloway was an idiot, true. But that's not the president's fault.

Borgminister June 25 2009 03:51 AM

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A gold tooth?!? :lol:

The Evil Dead June 25 2009 04:24 AM

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It was their ears I was most surprised by, it reminded me of 1940s Looney Tunes.

nx1701g June 25 2009 04:42 AM

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StarTrek1701 wrote: (Post 3120840)
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nx1701g wrote: (Post 3120579)
Latest from Yahoo:

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Jive-talking twin Transformers raise race issues:
Harmless comic characters or racist robots? The buzz over the summer blockbuster "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" only grew Wednesday as some said two jive-talking Chevy characters were racial caricatures.

Skids and Mudflap, twin robots disguised as compact hatchbacks, constantly brawl and bicker in rap-inspired street slang. They're forced to acknowledge that they can't read. One has a gold tooth. [MORE]
So did you think that they were racial caricatures?

Even if they were (haven't seen the movie, will see Saturday) I wouldn't give a shit.

Same here (Plan to go this weekend at some point).

SamusAranX June 25 2009 04:57 AM

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I usually don't take offense at things like these, but those two characters really were pushign the envelope on stereotyping. I mean gold teeth...c'mon!

fresh June 25 2009 05:00 AM

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Minstrel shows in 2009, this is shameful.
It plays on as many negative racial stereotypes about African Americans that could be crammed into each character, I don't know how it could not be considered racist.

Tulin June 25 2009 06:04 AM

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OH BOY OH BOY OH BOY!!!

I've been waiting for this!!!!!!


*Rubs hands together and sits back with popcorn, waiting for the show to begin*

:D :D :D :D :D

Broccoli June 25 2009 06:10 AM

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Bad Bishop wrote: (Post 3120773)
Some people who've seen the film think that it is not flattering to the POTUS

I haven't seen the movie, so I cannot comment for sure, but it would keep things in line with the unflattering portrayal of the president in the first film (who was clearly meant to be Bush, even though they never said his name).


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