I’ve recently had my own run-in with a douchebag who insisted insulting women was “just a joke,” and that I should “chill out” and “develop a sense of humor,” so perhaps I’m just a wee bit more aware than usual of bullshit like this:
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.
Sound hiLARious, right? Those two are meant to provide “comic relief” in the otherwise super-serious Transfuckingformers* sequel. In response to criticism, director Michael Bay, the most brilliantist filmmaker evah, said:
“It’s done in fun,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s stereotypes — they are robots, by the way.
(Sidebar: I love that “by the way.” Robots? In a Transfuckingformers movie? You’re kidding me.)
But no, they’re not racist! They can’t be! They’re robots! And c’mon, you guys, itwasliketotallyfunny, see, ’cause the robot has a gold tooth! Y’know, like somea them black guys…uhhhh. Anyways.
It’s not funny. It’s not creative or fresh or original. And it’s not okay. I highly doubt that any of our readers are rushing out to see this film, but if you know people who are, or if you know young people–especially the young dudes that this movie is targeted at–you might consider having a conversation with them about these characters and why they’re so objectionable. It doesn’t have to be black face to be blackface. “More than meets the eye,” indeed.
More details, context, and quotes in a good AP story here. I’m gonna go look for a sense of humor.
* TM PilgrimSoul. See the original usage and context in this post.