Today I shall talk about racism.
I came home from work this evening. My roommate Ian works as a developer for a gaming company, so he often feeds me little tidbits about the industry and keeps up on all the relevant news. Today he told me that the creators of Borderlands 2 (specifically the character of Tiny Tina) was under fire for being racist. Why, you ask? Simple: she used the words “crunk” and “badonkadonk.”
This brings a few questions to mind. Before I get into it, however, I would like to express that I am not racist. I believe we are all equals, I’m pro-choice, pro-gay-marriage…pretty much pro- anything that expresses said equality. Having said that, I must say these seemingly random arguments and accusations infuriate me to no end.
Firstly, since when can an entire race of people “own” a word? Sure, I understand the N word being unacceptable, since it has been used throughout history as a degrading and derogatory word, but “crunk” and “badonkadonk” have nothing similar in that respect. So how is it offensive for a white person – nay, a fictional white child – to use these words? The only reason seems to be reflective of the fact that the black community invented these words. Good for you, I’ll stick with the tried-and-true dictionary and stuff that only white people invented. I’m sure I’ll be fine.
On that note, does that mean only people from Mexico and Spain can speak Spanish? Or only people from France and Canada are allowed to speak French? They invented the language, so clearly we shouldn’t be using it. You know, in case they find it disrespectful in some unfathomable way.
Second, why choose this to single out, of all things? A child in a video game, one which I might add doesn’t even take place on planet Earth, not to mention the fact that one of the four main characters is a black guy. And (spoilers) he dies at the end. You’re okay with them abiding by and even encouraging the oft-used “joke” of killing off the black guy, but a white girl using a slang term for “ass” is beyond the boundaries of acceptability?
Fine, have it your way. If that’s how it’s gonna be, I want a White History Month, as well as the creation of the National Association for the Advancement of White People, just to balance things out a little. Don’t like it? Well, stop being racist and go make some more Tyler Perry movies instead.
To the rest of you, no matter what color, let’s try to be more tolerant of the rampant stupidity that currently plagues our world, especially since the invention of the Internet makes it so easy to spread like wildfire. As they say, “don’t feed the trolls.”