Michael Bay Defends Mudflap And Skids

Michael Bay says those two characters are for the kids.

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By jman1977 - 6/24/2009
Michael Bay had an interview with the Associated Press were he was made to defend himself against racial allegations. These charges steam from two of Bay's secondary robot characters, Mudflap and Skids. People seem to think that these two characters promote offensive racial stereotypes. Michael Bay does not disagree, he just doesn't see anything wrong with it.

These two robots have all the trimmings from enormous jug ears, bug eyes, and a enormous gold tooth sticking out of one of their faces to speaking in high pitched voices that remind you of Chris Tucker in Friday. Mudflap and Skids are voiced by Black actor Reno Wilson, and comedian and voice talent Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants). The dialog suggests that the two robots will start popping a cap in another robot.

"We're just putting more personality in," Bay told the Associated Press. "I don't know if it's stereotypes - they are robots, by the way. These are the voice actors. This is kind of the direction they were taking the characters and we went with it."

New York times critic Manohla Dargis wrote that the characters speak with "conspicuously cartoonish, so-called black voices that indicate that minstrelsy remains as much in fashion in Hollywood as when, well, Jar Jar Binks was set loose by George Lucas."

With that being said by the so called critic, I do not remember any racial tension with Jar Jar, in fact he was played by a Ahmed Best who in fact is a African American. If it was such a huge problem why wasn't this discussed and addressed back then?

Every race has their own quirks. That's why Dave Chappelle was so successful (My favorite Comedian by the way), he made fun of everyone. No one race was saved from Dave. My Name Is Earl is about a trailer trash White guy. I don't remember hearing the same above mentioned critic blast that for stereo typing white people. This is all a bunch of bull shit, and a easy way for the New York Times to make some headlines which results in money. In which they should be ashamed of themselves for.

Hey Manohla, Obama is President now, time to move yourself out of the racially hyped past and into the equally make fun of all races present. I think if Obama made a statement about this situation he would say "If African Americans do not want to be portrayed in this light then maybe they shouldn't have One gold tooth sticking out of their mouths and speak without the back street slang, no more popping caps in people talk. Also if White people do not want to be portrayed as trailer trash, then white people should move out of the trailer and quite doing it with your sister or the kid licking the short bus window."

Michael Bay goes on to defend himself by stating: "I purely did it for kids, Young kids love these robots, because it makes it more accessible to them."

In closing I would like to say "Cant we all just get along?"
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LEEE777 - 6/24/2009, 12:45 PM
MUD FLAP AND SKIDS!

OMG DOES THAT SOUND WRONG TO YOU! : D
LEEE777 - 6/24/2009, 12:47 PM
; D
topgooner187 - 6/24/2009, 12:57 PM
THE TWINS WERE GREAT I THOUGHT THEY WERE HILARIOUS AT TIMES AND SO DID THE AUDIENCE WHO WERE WATCHING I THINK ALL YOU HATERS NEED TO GO POP YOUR CHERRY AND NOT WITH YOUR TRAILER PARK SISTER OR THE WINDOW LICKER LOL
LEEE777 - 6/24/2009, 1:00 PM
Lol! : D
topgooner187 - 6/24/2009, 1:02 PM
MICHAEL BAY FOR PRESIDENT!!!
thegreek - 6/24/2009, 1:05 PM
Lee@ - LOL.... that was F-ing funny




Enjoy
Niem8211 - 6/24/2009, 1:09 PM
If people don't have anything to complain about they would go F$#@ING insane.... If it wasn’t a racial thing, some dusch-bag would find something else to complain about.... I guess that’s what makes America "the land of the free." : )
RadBracket - 6/24/2009, 1:14 PM
I know most accusations about racism are stupid (Resi 5 etc.) but in this case they have a point. If they had just been black it would have been fine but they reminded me of something from an 80’s exploitation flick.

Anyway compared to the fairly entertaining first outing I though this film was abysmal.
topgooner187 - 6/24/2009, 1:22 PM
the cinema was full of teens as that is who the MASS audience are so you have to expect it to be a comedy with childish antics. you frickin fool what you thought bay was gona make the film for a bunch of saddo 40 year olds who probably still live with their mothers. the film cost 150 million to make obviously its going to be aimed at the masses and from where i was seated the masses loved it i think you need to lose your virginity then go out and get a life. NUFF SAID
RorMachine - 6/24/2009, 1:27 PM
Grif is right. Car Car Binks was for the kids was he Bay? What a [frick]ing moron. Theres a difference between a bit of racial stereotyping for comedic effect(like jman said, a lot of great comedians do it) and downright racial MOCKERY. The worst thing is, they wernt funny! I dont care if topgooner187 up there busted a gut yacking it up, they were completely out of place in a movie which already had at least 6 other characters played for laughs..in a film thats not even a comedy, 6 damn characters. Bay should be shot
SHHH - 6/24/2009, 1:30 PM
Whats wrong doin something for the kids. Either u hate em or loved em. Half the audience is kids.
topgooner187 - 6/24/2009, 1:30 PM
Ror are you over the age of 40 do you still live with your mother and are you a virgin if you have answered yes then i expect that is why you keep hating on this film. GET A LIFE
topgooner187 - 6/24/2009, 1:32 PM
@ror transformers is for KIDS what did you expect a gritty drama?
topgooner187 - 6/24/2009, 1:34 PM
or maybe a horror or a thriller would that get your rocks off
topgooner187 - 6/24/2009, 1:37 PM
perhaps they should do a remake especially for you they could call it transBOREDers would that make you happy rorschach
RorMachine - 6/24/2009, 1:39 PM
I notice you post the same thing quite a bit Gooner, to much mental exertion needed to come up with new stuff is there? Wanker.

If its a kids movie then why is it pg13? I get that Transformers are basically a kids creation, but if he has the cert hes obviously trying to appeal to the widest audience possible so why not do that? You think im the only one annoyed at the garbage in this movie? do some research moron. I actually enjoyed it a lot more than some. But i guess anyone that didnt like this must be a 40 year old virgin living in his moms basement right? What a waste of oxygen.
topgooner187 - 6/24/2009, 1:39 PM
YOU SADDO
topgooner187 - 6/24/2009, 1:41 PM
GO WASH THAT SAND OUT YOUR V A G I N A YOU SEEM A BIT GROUCHY
SHHH - 6/24/2009, 1:42 PM
its on!
RadBracket - 6/24/2009, 1:42 PM
Just because its for kids dosen't mean it has to be stupid. Look at any Pixar film.

Also if this film if for kids why was there so much swearing and purial innuendo.
topgooner187 - 6/24/2009, 1:42 PM
LOOK AT YOUR PICTURE YOU ARE A 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN AND A HILLBILLY LMFAO AT YOU
topgooner187 - 6/24/2009, 1:44 PM
INNUENDO YOU IDIOT THE CLUES IN THE TITLE HOW MANY KIDS WOULD OF UNDERSTOOD IT AND HOW MANY ADULTS WOULD HAVE CHUCKLED. POINT PROVEN
SHHH - 6/24/2009, 1:45 PM
@RadBracket

True about pixar.
NiteowlIII - 6/24/2009, 1:46 PM
HA for the kids..........yeah swearing robots totally for the kids. haha
topgooner187 - 6/24/2009, 1:48 PM
ALL KIDS SWEAR NOWADAYS THEY KNOW EVERY WORD TO EMINEMS RAPS ITS THE TIMES WE LIVE IN BUT YOU WOULDN'T KNOW THAT WOULD YA COZ YOUR 40 AND YOU LIVE WITH YOUR MOTHER
RadBracket - 6/24/2009, 1:48 PM
Its not innuendo I have a problem with. Usually its pritty funny, but hear it was just plain unpleasant and if I had kids I wouldn't want them seeing it.
RorMachine - 6/24/2009, 1:49 PM
No, its not on! Iv better things to do than get into it with this peon. Judging by his responses hes only about 12 anyway(or mentally 12). Best not to get him all riled up. Plus o think he might be a bit on the special side, he seems to think anyone that didnt like the movie must live with their mothers, im trying to see a connection....

Radbracket your dead on, Pixars films are aimed squarely at kids and are still smarter and funnier than Transformers 2 was.
SHHH - 6/24/2009, 1:50 PM
its not all out cussing. Most kids talk worse than the robots do. What age group of kids are we talking about. Does anybody here have kids of thier own, and HOW do you feel about it.
RadBracket - 6/24/2009, 1:52 PM
Actually I'm 18 and your an ass who can't use punctuation.
Shaman - 6/24/2009, 1:52 PM
HEY JMAN!!! Don't go stereotyping the media now!!! I resent what you said about the new york times!!! yuk yuk.

So i heard this movie was for kids... so i won't go see it.

And i don't know about you guys but i thoroughly enjoy washing my vagina. It feels damn good :) What's that mom??? I know i don't pay the heating bill but my vagina's really really dirty!!! :P
RadBracket - 6/24/2009, 1:55 PM
@ Sharman. LOL.
topgooner187 - 6/24/2009, 1:59 PM
THE ROBOTS WERE FOR THE KIDS YOU HEARD STRAIGHT FROM BAYS MOUTH WHAT OTHER SORT OF EXPLANATION ARE YOU EXPECTING
RadBracket - 6/24/2009, 2:02 PM
No the robots are for making lots of money. This film has no soul.
topgooner187 - 6/24/2009, 2:06 PM
LOOK YEAH I AINT PURPOSELY COME ON HERE TO CUSS I ONLY SIGNED UP YESTERDAY COZ I WAS SICK OF PEOPLE BAD MOUTHING THE MOVIE. I AM AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AN AVID FAN OF THE FRANCHISE SO TO HEAR PEOPLE BLATENTLY DISSRESPECTING A FANTASTIC MOVIE WHICH HAS SURPASSED THE ORIGINAL TEN FOLD IS A LITTLE BIT DISHEARTENING PEOPLE NEED TO LIGHTEN UP AND TAKE THE MOVIE WITH A PINCH OF SALT. BAY'S OBJECTIVE WAS TO MAKE A MOVIE FOR THE MASS AUDIENCE AND PERSONALLY I THINK HE HAS DELIVERED AND I BELIEVE THAT THOSE OF YOU HATING ARE A VERY SMALL MINORITY
SHHH - 6/24/2009, 2:11 PM
Opinions are not allowed. I guess?
vonstallin - 6/24/2009, 2:11 PM
It was established in the first Transfomer that they get their personality from earths radio and TV signals. So it implies they imitate us in a way.

No way you cant say that Jazz wasn't suppose to be a Black inspired type of robot in the first one (I'm sorry im Black and I hate saying African America).

I didn't see the problem with Mudflap and skids. It was sort of funny and over the top. It brought character, and ive seen some damn near Rated R pg-13 movies.

Its a parental guidence 13 movie so if a parent dont feel their kids should hear this sort of stuff then dont take them.

Look at superbad. It was rated R and damn near NC-17 but honestly...who was that movie aimed at? kids who can't even see it. 14-17 year olders.

Everyone is too tense.
Im glad they didnt Kiddiefied this movie more than what they did.

The characters that got the most screen time were all the comedians...human and robots.

ps: they didnt say anything you can't hear on "FREE" TV after 8pm.

I mean they say bullshit, bitch, pussy, dick and shit on regular TV now...

MisterNiceGuy - 6/24/2009, 2:12 PM
i have a cybernetic organism crush on Optimus Prime <3
Set2Fallfirst - 6/24/2009, 2:13 PM
I think that topgooner is dumb, @ror i agree man I was kinda annoyed with mudflap and skid theyre ok but it was over done aka overacted. AND I CALL BS on they were made for the kids they called Leo a pussy haha it was funny but still i wouldnt want to take an 8 yr old to that move and have them say "thats cuz hes a pussy" because if they are as michael bay said "for the kids" then who wants to hear their 8 yr old say its cuz hes a pussy. so i call bs on that just the kids crap. But all in all the movie was great and done well very well. the only annoying about it was mudflap and skid they were funny but still annoying.
RadBracket - 6/24/2009, 2:15 PM
The PG-13 rating is a joke. Its just a way the studios can make as much money as possable while still giving the elution that the MPAA is giving guidance.
SHHH - 6/24/2009, 2:16 PM
lol.
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