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.