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Transformers' Ethnic Offensiveness


Summer sizzles in cinemas these days with the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen lambasted by critics left and right for its "over-the-top, hip-hop-inspired vernacular and stereotypically black-sounding voices", that according to E! Online, "are, at best, racially and culturally insensitive and, at worst, grossly ignorant and offensive."

The blockbuster sequel was even compared to Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace, where George Lucas' Jar Jar Binks character was also castigated as a blatant ethnic stereotype. In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, twin autobots Skids and Mudflap are called by critics as Jar Jar on wheels because they sport gold teeth, are illiterate and call their place of origin as "da hood."

But since Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a visual spectacle with an incredible amount of money invested on it, despite its lame script and the insane ravings of critics, it's going to smash box office records with its producers laughing all the way to the bank.

Source: E! Online

Photo: AP Photo/Paramount Pictures

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I didn't think much of it, to be perfectly honest. They do that in movies all the time. Hell, they do that in "ethnic" movies all the time and no one says anything about it.

But whatever.

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