Thursday, June 25, 2009

Damnit Michael Bay, Why Did you Have to Do This?

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

I came to the latest release of "The Transformers" looking for what I saw in the first film: Jaw-dropping special effects and a story just interesting enough to hold you over until the next explosion. I didn't go to the film looking for racism or embarrassing minstrel shows. My "racial bias glasses" are designed to weed out harmless, inadvertent racism, which comes with living in a society that spent 400 years thinking that black people were less than human. But when racism is thrown in my face repeatedly in the form of ridiculous and disgusting stereotypes, that's when I start to get mad.
Michael Bay is one of my favorite directors, next to the Hughes Brothers (where are they by the way?). He's damn good at what he does. But on this occasion, Bay simply missed his creative target and I'm not the only one who's noticing.

Meet Skids and Mudflap, two Transformers who may as well have been called Lil Wayne and Random Black Male idiot. One of them actually has a gold grill, and neither of them can read. They are bungling buffoons and cowards with barely an ounce of intelligence. One of them rides around as an Ice cream truck with the words "suck my popsicle" on the side, yelling "get your ice cream bitches" to those who might want to buy from his dirty little truck. They also remind you in every other sentence that you are a "punk ass bitch" and that they want to "bust a cap in your ass."

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22 comments:

The Man! said...

"Meet Skids and Mudflap, two Transformers who may as well have been called Lil Wayne and Random Black Male idiot. One of them actually has a gold grill, and neither of them can read. They are bungling buffoons and cowards with barely an ounce of intelligence."

Accurate description of young male negros. Whats the problem?

Anonymous said...

Dr. Boyce,
Not to tell you how to run your business but your blog needs a work-over. The only attraction you seem to be getting is from trolls.

FVM said...

I totally agree with your assessment Dr. Boyce. The comment about the trolls is correct also Anonymous..

Anonymous said...

Dr. Boyce,
It is a movie involving cars. The cars you are upset about are also not black, I'm prety sure they were asian. The actors whose voices were used are white and black. Optimus Prime is a Republican? So is Megatron a Democrat? You are the prefect example of someoen with an education that should keep their mouth shut. What and idiot.

Anonymous said...

You are an idiot. If you didn't understand me the first time, I will repeat this message. You are an idiot and to think you deserve to have a voice of reason is absurd. What you saw made you sink into your seat. Why? Because You are embarrassed that your bretheren are and do and act this exact way. Not a stereotype, just fact. Grow up.

Anonymous said...

"His diction is perfect" (So is Obama's) "and he doesn't curse." (Neither does Obama) "He would never offer to put a "cap in your ass", (Neither does Obama - and, by the way, the comma goes before the quotation mark Dr. PhD) "and he doesn't seem to have any gold teeth" (Neither does Obama)

GOOD GRIEF! WAKE UP - there's plenty of ghetto rats out there that sound exactly like Skids and Mudflap - there's plenty of educated blacks out there that sound exactly like Optimus Prime.

Anonymous said...

"Dr Boyce Now the Resident Scholar for AOL Black Voices" Great, just great. Why didn't AOL just hire Al Sharpton. Pardon me, I have to go bleach my skin now.....

Anonymous said...

ROTFLMAO!!!

Andy Stamatio said...

Dr. Watkins,

Your assessment on the new Transformers movie is not only ridiculous but also incredibly false. If you were to go down to any high school in America, you will see that just about every African American male in fact does act like that. Let me remind you that I am not at all racist. But if you analyze every little thing you see, you will find racism. I just got back from watching the new Transformers movie and I for one think that it was a genuinely funny and exciting movie. So next time, "Dr." Watkins, just think about what you are talking about.

Anonymous said...

I love it when whites come to the blog and make stupid comments. This is the dumbest shit I've ever heard in my life. But obviously, what the professor is saying must have some truth to it, because you would not be spending all your time coming to his website to harass him. Good work Dr. Watkins, keep em coming.

Ivan Wright said...

Well said, Dr. Watkins.

What many fail to realize is that racism does not secure its true strength in bold, in-your-face actions or comments. Racism reinforces itself via subtle offerings that collectively serve to shape and direct destructive mindsets.

"Black People: For Entertainment Purposes Only"

Anonymous said...

White idiots come out at night. When will they ever realize how stupid they are?

Anonymous said...

wow, i hope your not a real doctor. you sound like the stereo typical black young male. Draggin on about stupid shit that know one cares about about how ur an oppressed race and da da da.... your fuckin ridiculous. i dont even understand how somebody walks into a movie like this and decides it is racial. I'm pretty sure the words 'BLACK" cars were never used. I'd understand if the fuckin movie used some sort of duragatory racial slur, but the facts are that it didnt. And that there are plenty of white males that talk and act the same way today. grow up, and stop acting like some oppresed race. Your fucking race is the president for christ sake.
you want some real racism......... oh fuck it, nevermind dumbfuck.

Anonymous said...

Michael Bay should be ashamed of these stereotypes and the people writing to attack a black man for speaking up about the stereotypes should be ashamed of themselves. With all the statistical evidence showing that America is a racially biased country, we are the only ones dumb enough not to see it. Horrible.

Anonymous said...

Can black so called men do anything other then bitch and moan?

Anonymous said...

Can white men do anything other than act like asses and treat black people with disrespect? You wonder why we never want to sit at the table with you, yet you continue to do the same shit you've been doing for hundreds of years. Grow up and gain some intelligence and humility.

Bull Connor said...

I just saw the movie today. Dr. Watkins...quit bullshitting your fans. There was nothing racist about how the two robots were portrayed. And believe me; black people don't need to be stereotyped, they do that themselves.

Anonymous said...

Dam dude, you sound like the real Bull Connor

Bull Connor said...

You better believe it boy!

Elrancho78 said...

As usual, the racist trolls commenting here are as dumb as ever - and never able to see themselves for what they are. Ivan Wright summed it up well when he said 'for entertainment purposes only'. That's exactly how most whites see black people and obviously the film's director isn't any different. This is why America is probably the sickest place on earth.

Anonymous said...

Gosh El Rancho, you're the smartest person I've seen on this blog in a while. The ones saying this dumb stuff are astonishing in their ignorance. It's people like you who help our country overcome racism.

Sylvester said...

Elrancho78 how come you ain't called me boo?