racism or stereotyping in g1 transformers

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  1. Onslaught24

    Onslaught24 RLRR LRLL News Staff

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    i'm guessing someone already found this a while ago, but i just watched an episode from the 3rd season of the g1 series (Thief In the Night episode 73). near the beginning, octane and trypticon are walking to a city in the middle east called "carbombya." i was a bit surprised to see this and wondered if anyone else noticed this
     
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    On a somewhat related topic i would like to see an autobot whos personality is based on hitlers minus the genocide part
     
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    dont forget at the end of te episode where abdul starts swearing on random animals)
     
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    that would be interesting to see. however all i can imagine is an autobot with hitler's mustache :lol 
     
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    Yes, Carbombya is why Casey Kasem left the show, as he is half Arabic. I always laugh when I hear that name, but it is funny how people loved to say that Skids and Mudflap in RotF were racist, but then ignored all of the things G1 did.
     
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    Carbombya wasn't a racist dig. It was a political one. People should realize that it's perfectly acceptable to make fun of despots.
     
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    Oh yeah, they also made fun of Russians in the show too.

    I just spent the last 3 days watching all of Season 1 and 2 since I needed to finally watch Shout's DVDs.
     
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    The621 Fuck you, that's why!

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    Nacht to the rescue. Thanks! :thumb 
     
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    It was a jab at Gaddafi, Libyan terrorist. It had nothing to do with race. In Season Two, Aerial Assault, the main protagonist is an Arabic(Persian?) kid who's a damn prince. Casey wasn't mad because he was Arab, but because he was Libyan. It's politically incorrect to make fun of other countries now, but back then it was a fun jab at a murderer and an enemy of the US that the writers slipped in to an 80's cartoon. It wasn't racist, and people should stop being butthurt.

    You want some real stereotypes in cartoons, go back to WWII and watch some good old Popeye and Bugs Bunny.
     
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    The621 Fuck you, that's why!

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    Yeah, what's up with that? As my cousin said, "Topics like these get more coverage than kids walking the elderly across the streets." What gives? Is there some brain dead when it comes to Aerial Assault?
     
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    Oh yeah, he also sweared on his mother's camel, and.....
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    Yeah....
     
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    [​IMG]

    Anybody that doesn't laugh at that has no soul. NO SOUL.

    Idk, selective moral outrage?
     
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    The621 Fuck you, that's why!

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    Probably.


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    I remember showing this to my buddies who never watched Transformers. They were rolling in tears laughing.
     
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    I think now people are 10 times more sensitive than they were back then. Transformers had Blaster rappin all the time BUT you can't say its racism because so did Wheelie. Who would not be picked in any racial draft at all.
     
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    I laughed at the ratio between people and camels. That's funny.
     
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    i agree

    also, is this "racism", or tongue-in-cheek stereotyping from the 80s. I agree that today people probably wouldn't put up with it, but the 80s was a long time ago.

    if you want some seriously racist cartoons, check out the old flinstones, some of them were brutal.
     
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    Personaly I find it Hilarious, besides it's not like the Middle East has a city called "Carbombya" anyways.
     
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    i laughed my ass off when i saw the sign. probably the funniest thing in that season other than grimlock's laugh IMO
     
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    Spin-Out "It's just... Asinine."

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    Oooooh, yeah. As a guy who loves his classic cartoons, and isn't politically correct at ALL - I don't think Skids and Mudflap were racist so much as they were ungodly annoying abominations of CGI - It still can sometimes be shocking to see Bugs Bunny suddenly don blackface and sing about his "mammy." And it's even MORE shocking when you see Donald Duck having a nightmare he's living in "Nutzi-Land," and you see caricatures of Hirohito, Mussolini, Gobbels and Goering in a marching band - And Goering has wrists as limp as a wet noodle.
     
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    I'll give you this...

    But in response to this...

    ... I once again say this:

     
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