Thursday, June 25, 2009

Stereotypes in new Transformers movie

At first I didn't think this was much but if you think about it, it seems like this is another typical stereotype in a movie. What do you think? Read the whole article on Yahoo.

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.

As good guys, they fight alongside the Autobots and are intended to provide comic relief. But their traits raise the specter of stereotypes most notably seen when Jar Jar Binks, the clumsy, broken-English speaking alien from "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," was criticized as a caricature.

One fan called the Transformers twins "Jar Jar Bots" in a blog post online.
Todd Herrold, who watched the movie in New York City, called the characters "outrageous."

"It's one thing when robot cars are racial stereotypes," he said, "but the movie also had a bucktoothed black guy who is briefly in one scene who's also a stereotype."
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Another article about this issue in the new Transformers movie is on courier-gazette.com.

3 comments:

Dancin said...

Have you heard about the Maafa 21 documentary that has just been released? It goes into great detail about the who, what and how racist attitudes are being perpetuated today and what the ultimate goal of it is.You can see a preview at maafa21.com

ddadmin said...

I found the movie to be largely pretty good. The Optimus scenes were cool. It was worth seeing just for those alone. Couple of things irritated me though - little miniature remote controlled truck, length of the movie, the twins and that chick who turned out to be a robot, that was so random and had no explanation whatsoever. But as I told over all I love the movie transformers and the game transformers, so collected some good articles and sites, around 200, for transformers movie and video games. If you are interested check out the link below

http://markthispage.blogspot.com/2009/06/200-links-to-know-about-transformers.html

Ellen said...

I think a lot of times stereotypes are wrongly portrayed in movies. I wonder what our society would look like if stereotypes were not seen in the media. For example, what would society look like if the African American man wasn't always the thug and is the Asian guy wasn't always the smartest. I don't really know. But I feel like race has too large of a role in the way we perceive each other.