Discussion in 'Transformers Movie Discussion' started by sevenlima, Sep 8, 2017.
The difference is that Drift is a pre existing character based on a samurai, while Football is not.
You can't win. The "heavily-accented" as you call it, voice is from an actual Japanese guy. If they went with some other voice actor people would have screamed "white washing" or some bullshit.
Not to mention Japanese is not a race, it's a nationality.
^I'm aware of all of the above (and it's also worth noting that I'm not offended). But not everyone else will be. Just pointing out how it's reasonably going to look to a lot of people who don't have the full history. Also worth pointing out that this Drift and the one he's inspired by are arguably not the same character. These are things the writers, producers, et al have to think about. Lucky for me, I don't have to make these decisions
From a linguistic logic perspective, it doesn't really make sense - although a Veyron can drift, it's not really intended for that kind of use, you would more likely use a Japanese car since drifting is more often associated with Japanese cars.
It could make sense if you read "drift" it as in "a drifter", in which case it doesn't really make any difference what form he takes
From an existing lore perspective, the Veyron would have made much more sense as Blurr, although a Super Sport would've made even more sense for that than the Vitesse they used (especially since since they never showed him with the roof down)
And GMC Topkicks aren't skinned with iron.
Ironhide has a southern accent, does that make it racist toward south USA?
If Ken Watanabe, a real japanese man, did not think Drift was racist then I don't see why non japanese people should be offended. This remind me of a Malcolm in the Middle episode where Lois got mad about a spot commercial featuring a black man then when she showed it to actual black guys... they couldn't understand what was wrong about it.
Like others said it's mostly money that was involved. That said even if they do went for a Japanese car for him it would only make the people who are already uptight and ticked at his strong Samurai motif that having him have a Japanese sports car to go with it will only make their rage meter go up ten fold. Like how some are even complaining on how he has a Japanese voice actor doing him which doesn't make sense because wouldn't having a non Japanese actor doing him be considered more offensive?
Personally I wouldn't mind if they went with him having a Japanese car alt mode given that I'm one of the few that dig how he looks in the movie but I can get if one of the reasons for it not happening was due to the above reason I've mentioned. It's sad really cause movie Drift is a character that just can't win no matter what direction they take him.
Some people are going to be offended no matter what you do, because they are actively looking for something to offend them. Outrage is a modern-day opiate.
The thing people forget is they have to use the cars that they can get hold of, which they're offered by manufacturers, and which will be able to be liscenced for the toy. It's the reason why so many of the characters have a different vehicle from their previous incarnations.
Why wasn't Drift a sport car Japanese?
You're forgetting the part of my post, right at the beginning, where I said I didn't think Drift was racist. My entire post could be summed up in one sentence: I don't think it's racist, but I can see why others would.
As such, there's no point in coming up with whatabouts to press me into defending or abandoning an opinion that's not even mine.
Why ask why?? But why tho?
Welcome to the 2010's!
May be he don't like japan cars. Loved in German cars.
I'm sorry but his character is ridiculous. He looks like a samurai with a Japanese accent and recites haikus..... What's next?? A Greek Autobot that looks like a spartan warrior, discusses philosophy and consumes baklava flavored energon??????
How is that ridiculous? He wants to integrate himself into Japanese culture. That's his job as a "robot in disguise."
Why not? I'd love to see a character with a Spartan-esque design and personality.
Yeah, I'm sure a giant robot that looks like a Samurai blends right in..
That's not what I meant. The transformers adapt and change (or transform) according to their surroundings. That's why they are "robots in disguise" right? That's why they disguise themselves as vehicles. To adapt themselves to the culture. So in making himself like a Samurai, he was adapting to the culture that he's obviously been a part of. And maybe he wanted to be like an earth Samurai because its the closest earth has to whatever culture he was a part of on Cybertron.
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