Transformers From 'Da Hood' Spark Racism Charges

New characters compared to Jar Jar Binks
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2009 11:51 AM CDT
In this film publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, twin robots, Skids, left, and Mudflap are shown in a scene from "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)
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(Newser) – Critics are comparing Transformers to Star Wars, and not in a good way, E! reports. Twin autobots Skids and Mudflap are causing an uproar over ethnic stereotypes. The new characters are from “da hood,” can’t read, and inspired one critic to describe them as—horrors!—“Jar Jar Binks in car form.” And like Jar Jar, they're annoying. In the words of another critic, they are “a collection of every bad stereotype imaginable.”