Harmless comic characters or racist robots? These twin Autobots have cause great concern for African-American movie goers. One can only think back to the most hated Star Wars character Jar Jar Banks who was a complete sterotype of a Jamaican person and you can see where their might be concern over these two characters who appear for a short time in the movie for comic effect.
Skids and Mudflap, twin robots disguised as compact hatchbacks, constantly brawl and bicker in rap-inspired street slang. They’re forced to acknowledge that they can’t read. One has a gold tooth.
Director Michael Bay could care less:
“It’s done in fun,” he said. “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.”
As always cause it’s a “robot” or a “Jar Jar” it’s ok cause it’s not 100% a Black person/human. But we will 100% avoid this movie.