Bloggers see “racism” in RE5 trailer

A blogger Two bloggers today have expressed outrage at the blatant racism displayed in the trailer for the upcoming Resident Evil 5. It just so happens that this Resident Evil game takes place in Africa. Nevermind the fact that previous Resident Evil games have taken place in America and a Spanish-speaking village. This means we’ve already had whites and Spaniards killed… doesn’t this just qualify as affirmative action?

First up, a blogger on Black Looks:

“The Black people are supposed to be zombies and the white man’s job is to destroy them and save humanity. This is problematic on so many levels, including the depiction of Black people as inhuman savages, the killing of Black people by a white man in military clothing, and the fact that this video game is marketed to children and young adults.”

First of all, yes they’re “supposed to be zombies.” This is the equalizing factor. It’s not about race, it’s not about social status. They’re trying to eat our brains! If they would have replaced the village with white people but still have it take place in Africa, you’d be ranting about the erroneous depiction of the African homeland. If RE6 takes place in Korea, will they be at fault for having… I don’t know… Koreans?

And I’m sorry, but in no way is this game “marketed to children.” That’s just a lazy argument.

Black Looks led me to this next article, which admittedly has a hilarious title: “Blackface Goes HD?”

All I have to say about this article is a response to the following quote:

“After all, in RE4, you spend the game shooting equally out-of-their-mind Spaniards. But, then, the Spanish haven’t been so egregiously misrepresented as blacks through the ages, have they? Not even close.”

Right there, the writer admits that the zombies are no more or less “out of their mind” than the Spaniards from RE4. However, simply because Blacks have been misrepresented more in the media (oh come on.. like every Spanish-speaker isn’t portrayed as a dirty, jobless, burrito-eating Mexican?), that means that this is offensive, however RE4 is not. This argument makes no sense and completely falls apart upon any investigation.

These two bloggers need to sit back and chill a bit. This victim complex has gotten out of control.


11 Responses to “Bloggers see “racism” in RE5 trailer”

  1. 1 jorkis
    August 2, 2007 at 1:47 am

    thank you for writing a reasoned response to this that doesn’t accuse these people of being “the real racists” or “retards” or whatever snide nerd thing most responses have pulled out of their asses, just because they’re wrong and seeing racism where there isn’t any. these two bloggers who think this trailer shows a racist game just need to chill a little. that’s what should be said about this so thanks.

    i have a feeling though as this progresses we’re going to see a great little useless bitchfest where everyone with an asshole and a corresponding opinion on either side calls the other the ku klux klan in blog comments until their fingers are worn out. the internet’s anonymity breeds such rudeness sometimes and people just talk past each other, and i’m sure the internet is where most of this stuff is going to stay. capcom’s just going to release the game anyway no matter what and no one will have a hard time getting their hands on it.

  2. 2 Michael Jones
    August 2, 2007 at 3:46 am

    Kudos to you for setting it straight in this blog…

  3. 3 Joe
    August 2, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Jorkis you miss the point . They are racist. They find it perfectly acceptable to kill whites and spanish people , but not blacks . That is racist.

  4. 4 Matt
    August 2, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Ok first off, I agree RE5 is not racist. Second, the “Black Looks” article was way off base and obviously wasn’t thinking (probably just looking to argue). However, I did see some legitament concern from the 2nd article “Blackface Goes HD?” in his update he says “My main concern here is really for the perception of black countries. Over the years, many of them have been portrayed as uncivilized and recently a good deal has been done to change that thinking (particularly in Africa).” I don’t entirely think that people are going to link the uncivilized zombies in RE5 with real life countries, and any who does were ignorant and racist before they even knew the game was in production. I am going to have to diagree with your comment about how if RE5 is stereotypical and offensive to blacks, RE4 should be stereotypical and offensive to anyone who speaks spanish. Mainly because you say “(oh come on.. like every Spanish-speaker isn’t portrayed as a dirty, jobless, burrito-eating Mexican?)” As I recall the “zombies” in RE4, though they may have been dirty, where not jobless (they were farmers), didn’t eat burritos (at least not to my knowledge), and I’m pretty sure were Spanish (they say “an undisclosed location in Europe.”). The thing that people find offensive in RE5 is that the “zombies” are uncivilized and savage, just like many racists think blacks are uncivilized and savage. Again I would like to state that I am on your side of this arguement, RE5 is definately not racist.

  5. August 2, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    I wasn’t referring to Spaniards being portrayed in that way in RE4. I was making a parallel to “Blackface Goes HD?”, in which the writer says, “… the Spanish haven’t been so egregiously misrepresented as blacks through the ages.” As I believed they were referring to the stereotype more prevalent in America (theft, joblessness, etc.), I was referring to the typical stereotype of Spanish people in America. I guess I don’t come across the “Blacks are uncivilized and savage” type of racism enough for it to be the first thing I think about when I read about racism against Blacks (I feel that using that noun is somehow offensive, but the writer at Black Looks used it, so…)

    When taking into account his update and the fact that he is more concerned with the depiction of African countries, I can see his point a little more clearly. I can also see your point, but just want to point out again that I didn’t mean that that is how Spaniards were depicted in RE4. Thank you for pointing out this update, as it sort of slipped under my radar.

  6. 6 Paul
    August 3, 2007 at 1:26 am

    Bravo, my friend, Bravo

  7. 7 Joe
    August 3, 2007 at 10:38 am

    Matt ,

    Can you tell me where you get the information that these people in RE5 are jobless ?

    Please tell me because that 2 minute trailer really doesn’t give you any information. Not only that but Africa is not a nice place , its a horrible place actually and you don’t need a video game about zombies for anyone to get that impression . Give a kid RE5 and a Newsweek or times and i bet you anything the Time / Newsweek will give him a more negative view on Africa .

    But how do you respond to RE1-Code verionica ? In that we learn that “White People” (No such thing , just a term thrown together to create minoritys) are evil soul sucking busniess men and women who would create a virus so horrible it would turn them into kiling machines and almost destroy the world .

    But no , for you and others its much easier to blame the “White people ” of racism even though no “White person” actually made this game . they were Japanese.

  8. August 9, 2007 at 2:56 am

    Racismo? a quien se le ocurrio eso… putos noob’s primero aprendan, Resident Evil es Cultura XD

    Racism? To whom him ocurrio it … male prostitutes noob’s first learn, Resident Evil is A Culture XD

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