While I have yet to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (mainly because a little newborn baby has kept me from leaving the crib), I've been real interested in the cries of racism being echoed throughout the internet when it comes to the new Transformers robots Mudflap and Skids (pictured above). Here's how director Michael Bay described them: "Some of the junior Transformers are just dumb. But it's great for kids because they're like the Little Engine That Could. They're (screw)-ups, but they get really heroic at the end." And here's how Movieline described them: "There are two robots in the film called Mudflap and Skids, and despite being red and green, respectively, they are voiced in a way that clearly designates them to be the "black" robots. Also, Skids has a gold front tooth (no, I'm serious) and both cannot read."
CHUD's Devin Faraci adds to the debate: "Simply put they are offensive beyond measure, and if their names were Stepin and Fetchit I could maybe argue that they were a joke or a bit of meta-commentary or anything except horrible, horrible racial stereotypes." So what does this all have to do with SpongeBob SquarePants? Well, funnily enough, those expecting a comedic black actor to be the voice behind both Mudflap and Skids will certainly be surprised to learn that, in reality, Tom Kenny (aka the voice of SpongeBob) is the dude who brought The Twins to life on screen. I'm not sure this info makes the whole thing any less racist, but I just found it kinda funny and interesting and bizarre. (Kenny also voices various robots in the Transformers animated series as well.)
For those who have seen the new film, what did you think of Mudflap and Skids?