Autobots! Transform and do a funny dance for the nice people!

Apparently I’m not the only one who was bothered by the racism in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. According to the ultimate authority:

There has been a strong negative reaction to Mudflap and Skids in Revenge of the Fallen, who are alleged to embody racist stereotypes. The characters have been given ape-like appearance, speak in street-slang dialogue, and confess an inability to read; one of the characters also has a gold tooth. Manohla Dargis of the New York Times said that “the characters […] indicate that minstrelsy remains as much in fashion in Hollywood as when, well, Jar Jar Binks was set loose by George Lucas.” Critic Scott Mendelson said, “To say that these two are the most astonishingly racist caricatures that I’ve ever seen in a mainstream motion picture would be an understatement.” Harry Knowles, founder of Ain’t It Cool News, went further, asking his readers “not to support this film” because “you’ll be taking [your children] to see a film with the lowest forms of humor, stereotypes and racism around.” Director Michael Bay has defended the robots as “good clean fun” and insisted that “We’re just putting more personality in” the film.

Bay added “Listen, you’re going to have your naysayers on anything.” Gosh, remember the good old days, when white people could use caricatures of black people for their own amusement and nobody complained?