Keep your prejudices out of my hobby.

First, let’s get this nonsense out of the way: Mudflap and his brother Skids have been accused of being a racial stereotypes; even garnering attention from the ever clueless media.

Racist? No. Ugly and kinda stupid? Quite.

Anyone that can look at these two and see any specific race needs to take a long hard look at themselves, this accusation is nothing more than a projection of their own racism. From the first moment they appeared on the screen, when I saw these two, here’s what came immediately to mind for me,

The facts:

1. None of these accusations were made during the first movie when Jazz showed up. Voiced by Darius McCrary, best known as Eddie Winslow from the TV series “Family Matters”, Jazz spouted “What’s crackin’ little bitches?” followed by a breakdance move, then “This looks like a cool place to kick it!”

2. The character’s cadences and mannerisms were the invention of the voice actors, Reno Wilson and Tom Kenny.

3. They are robots in a movie that established very early on that they learn their earth “culture” from the internet.

My own personal interpretation has been even further borne out by what Reno Wilson, Mudflap’s voice actor, had to say when contacted about this subject.

Actor Reno Wilson, who is black, voices Mudflap. Tom Kenny, the white actor behind SpongeBob SquarePants, voices Skids.

“It’s an alien who uploaded information from the Internet and put together the conglomeration and formed this cadence, way of speaking and body language that was accumulated over X amount of years of information and that’s what came out,” the 40-year-old actor said. “If he had uploaded country music, he would have come out like that.”

It’s not fair to assume the characters are black, he said.

“It could easily be a Transformer that uploaded Kevin Federline data,” Wilson said. “They were just like posers to me.”

So, yeah, if these ridiculous caricatures of “wannabe gangster types” speak to you of a specific race, I’d say you have definitely found a source of racism. It just isn’t the giant fictional robots. 


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