It’s not like Transformers is the first to be guilty of this or anything…cartoons and movies have been doing it forevs. Think of your favourite cartoon movie…is there or is there not a delightful talking animal exhibiting some manner of cultural stereotype? It all begs the question…why is it okay to parody a group of people like that as long as the character doing it isn’t human?
Honestly, I think we honkeys can be a little racially over-sensitive sometimes. I’m not saying let’s all be bigots. I just mean that some of us rock the whole white guilt thing a little too hard. But goddamn, I remember watching Star Wars Episode One (*shudder*) and just dropping my jaw at Jar Jar and the Trade Federation aliens.
It feels like lazy writing to me. It’s like they can’t differentiate the character traits of the talking Lion, the talking Zebra, AND the talking Hippo without making one of them black and sassy.
I don’t even mind it so much if the character is AWESOME, like Jazz from the first Transformers movie, or Sebastian from Little Mermaid…but when it’s a character who is an asshole, like Watto the Toydarian, or annoying, like the Twins from TF2, isn’t there something kinda wrong with that?
Oh yeah, and just so none of you keep your hopes up any longer, THE TWINS ARE BACK IN TF3. Shitty, dirty, balls.
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