Transformers 2: Big Controversy, Big Box Office & Sequel Rumors

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has now blasted its way into theaters and IMAX and after just one day, the movie has managed to break box office records ($60 mil!), incite controversy (minstrel Autobots Mudflap and Skids), and, of course, spark (unconfirmed) rumors of an inevitable sequel.

Oh yeah, and the film has been taking a “record-breaking” beating in the review columns. Not that Michael Bay care$.

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS HEAVY SPOILERS ABOUT TRANSFORMERS 2.

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BIG CONTROVERSY

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If you’ve seen our Transformers 2 discussion forum (or looked just about anywhere else on the known Internet), then you’ve surely seen the outcry from both fans and critics about “The Twins” Mudflap and Skids, two new characters that were introduced in Revenge of The Fallen.

The problem? The Twins have been almost universally pegged as the most offensive racial stereotype on film since Jar-Jar Binks. The two Robots talk in southern crunk drawls, use profanity almost every other word, talk slang like “bust a cap in somebody’s ass,” and proudly admit to being illiterate. Oh, and one of them even has a gold tooth.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Michael Bay sort of kind of denied the accusation of racial insensitivity:

“We’re just putting more personality in…I don’t know if it’s stereotypes – they are robots, by the way. These are the voice actors. This is kind of the direction they were taking the characters and we went with it.”

So… basically he’s saying that, as the DIRECTOR he wasn’t keeping close eye on the development of the characters in his movie? On how they might be perceived, who they might offend or what kind of controversy they might stir? Yikes.

Bay later added (brilliantly) in his defense:

“I purely did it for kids, Young kids love these robots, because it makes it more accessible to them.”

There is TOO much loaded into that statement for this blogger to touch. Just good to know that (in Michael Bay’s humble opinion) Mudflap and Skids are the avenue to reaching today’s youth. Double yikes.

Transformers 2 writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman are wisely putting up an umbrella (ella, ella) to shield themselves from this s-storm. Apparently, this “ghetto fab” version of Mudflap and Skids was a shock to them (the writers) as well. As they told Film School Rejects:

Orci: Number one, we sympathize. Yes, the gold tooth was not in the script, that’s true.

Kurtzman: It’s really hard for us to sit here and try to justify it.I think that would be very foolish, and if someone wants to be offended by it, it’s their right. We were very surprised when we saw it, too, and it’s a choice that was made. If anything, it just shows you that we don’t control every aspect of the movie.

Kurtzman and Orci are pretty good guys in my experience, so I for one gladly give them the benefit of the doubt. Besides, this has studio idiocy written all over it; when you think about it, Paramount had to clear this depiction of The Twins at some point, so no matter what Bay or the voice-actors were up to, the studio should’ve known better.

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  1. I loved the twins. the only thing i didn’t like was that there face was too over the top to either make them funny looking or idiots.

  2. What a waste of time and energy. After seeing this movie I couldn’t believe I made the mistake of watching it after making a resolution to not watch it…this coming from the after effects of Transformers 1.
    Is there a proper plot to this movie? The entire story line itself seems so stupid to me. What Robots coming from a different planet and fighting each other on Earth? Of all places earth! and they need the help of a teenager boy to save their race – very good how intelligent. With that bad a plot the only reason I went to see the movie was to see some proper story some emotion and some good action.

    The only emotion was from Shia – he did a great job and the best job in the movie. Megan Fox was like a doll and her only role was to show off cleavage and act like a plastic doll – she actually had a porn star like look through out the movie with ton of make up and over emphasized lips.
    Action – what a mindless action. Robots killing each other with a knife, giving CPR to robots and the last scene where Optimus prime is revived – he starts coughing like a human – how much more cheesy can it get?
    I was tad dissapointed by Terminator 4 but that movie is heavenly when compared to this BS.
    Peace.

  3. Oh for petes sake, it's just a movie get over it! I bet you wouldn't have objected if the twins talked like illiterate white guys from the ozarks or somewhere like that! Get over the racism thing we have a black president for crying out loud pretty soon no will be able to do or say anything with all of you bleeding heart liberals out there taking offense at everything. If you people don't like whats being shown at the movies you should have thought about that before you had a hissy fit and took Jesus and morals out of schools and government.

  4. It goes to show you, whites are more comfortable reassuring stereotypes. White men is what I'm referring to. They are threaton by every means of the potential minority men have. Besides, since there are more white people in this country than any other race, they are the ones who pay to see this movie, so money talks. If every dumb ass complained, white or black, of wrong it is, and boycotted dvd sales and future sequels, that would be a good way of cutting the crap

  5. It goes to show you, whites are more comfortable reassuring stereotypes. White men is what I'm referring to. They are threaton by every means of the potential minority men have. Besides, since there are more white people in this country than any other race, they are the ones who pay to see this movie, so money talks. If every dumb ass complained, white or black, of wrong it is, and boycotted dvd sales and future sequels, that would be a good way of cutting the crap

  6. has it occurred to anyone that rather than being a racial thing… its a social thing. I don’t know about all over the country, but here in Ga, those 2 characters act like the average idiot on the street, regardless of race. I mean c’mon guys, the people applying the racial expectation to them seem to be playing off their own idea of stereotypes, or their own insecurities regarding them. What type of person do you have to be, to look at a green robot, and apply human ethnicity to them based on how they talk or act??? I mean thats like picking up the phone and guessing what race someone is on the other end of the line. It just doesn’t make any sense. Its a sound… I mean there are plenty of things that affect the way a person sounds, size, gender, region, social upbringing, physical conditions (like a cold, a cleft palette, or even an oversized tongue) etc… but color never enters that equation. skid and mudflap may have been caricatures of something, even someone… but if anything, between the type of vehicles they were, the way they spoke, etc… I wouldn’t apply anything but a social group to them. low intelligence youth pop culture… and that doesn’t have a color limit. Sure they kind of reminded me of flava flav, but to jump to racial stereotyping… thats like standing up and saying “oh because he’s black, all black dudes must act like that”… huh??? what kind of logic is that? if they reminded me of Bill and Ted, would that mean they sounded white (or whatever mix Keanu Reeves is)?

    how about the Hippy van in “cars”? Is he supposed to be some certain race? Cause I just thought the point was for him to be a hippy. If I had to group skid and mudflap as something the most likely word would be chavs…

    (btw who was jar jar supposedly stereotyping? annoying kids?) Im serious about that though. I have no idea who people are trying to say jar jar was directed as. Offensive? sure, he was offensive to the ears and senses… but I have no clue what group of people somebody is complaining that he resembled… He’s so far out there I just cant see anything.

  7. I really don’t see what all the fuss is about, it’s just a movie. I don’t understand why people get so bent out of shape over the smallest of things. I’m black, southern, and at times I speak with a drawl. Didn’t stop me from finding the movie rather hilarious. The problem lies in us as a people. Sad to say but yes it’s true. People today need to loosen up a bit and take it for what it is “ENTERTAINMENT”.

  8. I love how when blacks are berated this way, everybody downplays it or outright denies it. Let’s see some Yiddish speaking robots who are always trying to bargain their way around a battle. The reaction would be a lot more harsh. The black people up here who aren’t offended by those robots are part of the problem. The constant over-promoting of Gangsta and Crunk culture has made them believe that Coonism is a cool thing.

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