“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” is catching heat from critics for its pair of “jive talking robots” that reportedly draw on black stereotypes for laughs. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I know some of my closest friends who have and they said they were appalled by the way the characters potrayed black people. Director Michael Bay insists that the bumbling ‘bots named Skids and Mudflap, of which one sports a GOLD GRILL/TOOTH, are just good clean fun.
The debate is whether Hollywood has a bad rap sheet for being racially insensitive for laughs (especially in the Transformers sequel)? What do you think????
“Hollywood has a track record of using negative stereotypes of black characters for comic relief”, said Todd Boyd, a professor of popular culture at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, who has not seen the ‘Transformers’ sequel. “There’s a history of people getting laughs at the expense of African Americans and African American culture,” Boyd said. “These images are not completely divorced from history, even though it’s a new movie and even though they’re robots and not humans.”
Film critic Roger Ebert told ABCNews.com in an e-mail that “the total effect of the film is horrible.” “Some stereotyping still takes place,” Ebert said. “In films aimed at black consumers, such as Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea,’ it’s in the nature of an inside joke. When outsiders do it, it loses its humor and is simply offensive.”
What do you think???? Leave us your comments!
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