'Transformers' little black sambots?': Racism in ROTF article

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  1. Paradigm-Shift Prime

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    Check out this article:

    TRANSFORMERS' LITTLE BLACK SAMBOTS?

    Well, I know that the 'that character is portraying ghetto black stereotypes' argument got played out to death with Jar Jar (more specifically Caribbean in his case), but I can't help but feel that it's true.

    I mean, TF1 played off of a lot of poor, low-brow black stereotyping too.

    But to combine the visual element with slang with stupidity with illiteracy with an embracement of those characteristics and to make it 100% clear to the viewer that these are the 'black' robots is...in my opinion a really bad thing.
     
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    WTF? When?
     
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    Glen the computer hacker, Bobby B the car salesman, and Jazz.

    Edit: Thx for the heads up Fit for natalie, lock this one up then.
     
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    Its laughable these days to think that illiteracy is a black stereotype.

    I mean just look who the president is. These assumed stereotypes of black people are several decades old and I like to think that many if not all are completely irrelevant in todays modern world.
     
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    I didn't read the article but I did see the movie last night. I thought of the twins more of a stereotype of young people who, lacking confidence, try to act all gangsta to look/feel grown up and cool. Also reminded me of some of the younger guys on this board who think that being grown up means using an f-bomb at least twice in every post, LOL.

    **Minor Spoiler below***









    Also, as far as the illiteracy thing, they played it up more with the Twins, but none of the robots besides Jetfire could read those symbols.
     
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    Wheelie could too. But then as a spy he probably had to learn to become one.
     
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    He recognized the symbols, but couldn't actually read them. So he lead them to JF. Unless I'm remembering wrong.

    It's also safe to assume that Alice couldn't read them eiter, since she saw them multiple times and never reacted or took anything from them that we know of.
     
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    Glen breaks as many stereotypes as he fits. He was a black computer hacker. When do you see that in Hollywood (Okay, you saw it in Hackers.)

    Bobby B is the late Bernie Mac. He gets away with it because he's friggin' Bernie Mac. It's like Mel Brooks with the Jewish stereotyping.

    Jazz has several discordant character notes that would have been very cool if handled better. I went into more detail on this in the Twins thread.

    Maybe the problem isn't that the filmmakers are racist. Maybe they're just not racist enough to know they're offending anybody.
     
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    I think the real problem lies with those that are obsessed with political correctness that try and twist anything and everything to be offensive in some way or another.

    If it weren't for those types none of these things would ever get brought up and the world would be a better place for it. Some people are just too damn sensitive.
     
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    Boo fishing for insults and perceived prejudices!:crazy: 
     
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    I think people should focus on what it is. A MOVIE. They didn't say anything racist, and they acted that way because of "the world wide web" as Optimus Prime put it. I loved the two characters so much I ran out after the movie to pick up the figures.
     
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