I had the chance to read through several articles in the previous weeks about Gearbox’s BORDERLANDS2, and apparently a character within the game (Tiny Tina) being “Racist”. Take a look at PCGAMER for their article.
I can only think of this in one way, Anthony Burch wrote this fantastic game. A follow up to utter brilliance with genius. The characters are well written, well rounded. At no time did I think the characters “racist” or anything other than what they were. Fleshed out productions assisting/hindering the protagonist in his trail.
Individuals who actually thought Tiny Tina racist, must actually be… racist themselves. They associated “Ebonics” to African American style speech, when Ebonics has been a trend seen not only in African American culture but Caucasians also over the years. There are MANY educated people of color within this world, not only (forgive me for saying so straight) blacks and whites. All I can think is that the accusers are more racist than any other. They only see Ebonics as a Black Man’s Language. Ignorance in the greatest of earnings. Do these same people wear their jeans around their hips instead of their waist ? Probably. Another style of dress brought to light from another culture…. Prison Culture. Pants worn around your hips meant you were ready for sex with another inmate.
I guess if there were an African American Character ( I had thoughts that perhaps Brick filled this slot) there wouldn’t be an issue if he spoke in the same manner as Tina, but then, I guess that would be racist also. Or would it?
Would we expect that or would we assume he be educated to the point of George Washington Carver? All of this is a ridiculous issue to be frank. It is clearly based on the ignorance of people. Period. To those people I say, cut it out and just play the damn game. There is NOTHING wrong with Tiny Tina’s character. It is a grand piece of expression and you see it as racist because deep down inside, you are just that, racist and ignorant.
To Anthony Burch, I say only this: Bravo. Borderlands 2 has GOTY written all over it. You did a grand job and that is the reason I bought it!