Malice wrote:Two things.
First of all, the mistrel-bots... A: Michael Bay cannot use the excuse of "I could not control my actors, they went out of control, then the mike exploded and we couldn't record any more sound so we just decided to put racist cariacatures in the movie." That is a ridiculous excuse. He is a director who's been working since he was fifteen (he's 44 now). Regardless of whether or not it was invented by the voice actor, he should have either recognized that it was offensive and axed it, or said now, "That was offensive. Sorry about that. My bad," instead of nonsensically blaming his own cast.
I'm not defending Bay. He should have stopped it from happening, yes. But no one is pointing the finger at the black voice actor who actually invented it, and made people of his race look stupid. Nor are they looking at the other voice actor, who was white! That is the most minstrel-like thing about the situation.
B: Jokes about rednecks are offensive but ultimately less harmful than jokes about African-Americans, because the latter contributes to an overall social oppression and the former does not.
Not necessarily. There is way more social interest in helping kids get out of the ghetto than the trailer park. I'm not saying if this is right or wrong. I understand that there are issues like slavery and civil rights that didn't affect white southerners. It is still a double standard, and if you think that jokes about rednecks don't create social problems I dare you to try and get a high paying job in certain parts of the country with a deep southern accent and a name like Billy Bob. (Full disclosure: I'm an agnostic left wing yankee northerner born in the UK, not some right winger on a rant against affirmative action).
Second of all, I hate it when people say "it's just a dumb summer action movie". Summer action movies used to be smart. The first summer blockbuster was Jaws, which, if you look at it now, is well-written, well-acted, intelligent, has some emotion to it, is still plenty exciting, and so on. It will even teach you things you didn't know about sharks.
I don't really have the inclination to make an exhaustive list right now. But for fuck's sake, last year we had The Dark Knight and Iron Man, two of the best superhero movies ever. Summer action movies can be fun and 'splodey without also being RETARDED and every time somebody says "eh, it's just a dumb summer action movie" they're excusing the retarded films and making it harder for smart, fun, 'splodey movies to get made.
You say "used to be" but then cite Iron Man and The Dark Knight. And Star Trek this summer was great. If anything bad action movies will push people away and decrease the competition for the good ones.
I'm not saying summer movies should be dumb. If you read the reviews the critics are attacking it like they were expecting oscar material, or that the original was some epic like star wars and this was worse than episode I. Rolling Stone, which understands the difference between a "movie" and a "film" gave it no stars. None! The NYT review that I link to was offensive to anyone that may have enjoyed the movie for what it was.
Its about robots that are based on toys from the 80s. That is all.