Borderlands 2 Writer Responds to Racism Allegations - News

By Jake Weston, February 4, 2013
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Borderlands 2 has some of the most enjoyable writing of a game released this generation, thanks to lead writer Anthony Burch (Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?). Recently, however, a number of players on Twitter have responded negatively to the character "Tiny Tina", criticizing her use of "stereotypical low-class black lingo" as racist. 

Tiny Tina, who is a white character, is a thirteen-year old explosives expert who uses terms such as "crunk" and "badonkadonk" in her dialogue. According to Twitter users, this depiction is racist. 

Anthony Burch, while arguing that he does not consider the use of the language inherently racist in itself, conceded that he would consider changing Tiny Tina's dialogue in future expansions of the game if it upset enough people. 

A debate is currently happening over Twitter surrounding the issue. To see the whole thing collected in one place, head on over to Kotaku.

I'm a little torn on the issue myself. Assumedly, if the Tiny Tina character were black, the dialogue would be just as, if not more racist than it's already accused of being. Which makes the dialogue itself inherently racist, which I don't think it is. On the other hand, some users have accused her dialogue of being "verbal blackface", which is also a valid criticism. 

What do you guys think? Is Tiny Tina a racist caricature? Discuss in the comments. For context, here's a montage of Tiny Tina's moments from the game. 

[Source: Kotaku via Eurogamer]

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