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PostSubject: Borderlands 2 writer responds to allegations of racism   Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:16 am

Is thinking about altering dialogue in future DLC.

Borderlands 2 writer has responded to allegations of racism surrounding the African American lingo of white game character Tiny Tina.

Tiny Tina is one of the game's many wacky quest givers. A thirteen-year-old explosives expert, Tina's dialogue is written by Gearbox's Anthony Burch, who admitted that while "a lot of people love her, some find her irritating as hell".

But a number of fans took to Twitter to question her speech, Kotaku reported. They picked out use of words like "badonkadonk" and "crunk", and claimed Burch had opted for "stereotypical low-class black lingo".

"Have you never met white people who use that kind of language?" Burch responded. "Tina is based on several I know personally."

"The last thing I want to be is exclusionary or prejudiced," he continued, "so if Tina truly is problematic I'll change her. I'm just not convinced that a character using lingo like badonkadonk/crunk is inherently racist. If I'm wrong I would like to know why."

Another person suggested Tina equated "stereotyped ebonics" with "wacky".

"Hrm - that's an interesting point," Burch replied. "I meant to make her a mishmash of stuff (ebonics/fairytale/naivete) but I see what you mean."

Tina's existing dialogue won't be altered because it can't be, for technical reasons. But Burch said he'd alter future dialogue if he was convinced it was a problem.

"[Changing existing dialogue is] not actually feasible within the technical constraints of the game," he said, "but I'd alter her dialogue in any future BL stuff."

Randy Pitchford, boss of Borderlands 2 developer Gearbox, took to Twitter to defend his staff member.

"Tina is not racist because you are not racist," Pitchford told Burch. "You're a pillar of tolerance and inclusion."

At least one more Borderlands 2 expansion is due to be released, the last to be covered by the game's Season Pass.




I don't know about you lot, but I loved Tiny Tina's character, I also know a lot of people and hear a lot of people talk like Tina, mainly white people as well. People have to understand that speaking like that has become a main stream slang now a days used by A LOT of different types or people. So anyone complaining because she is a white girl talking like that is in them selves being racist!!
What do you guys think??

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PostSubject: Re: Borderlands 2 writer responds to allegations of racism   Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:51 am

Sounds like a bunch of uptight, whiny jackasses with nothing better to do than complain about the dialogue of a fictional character.....just sad.... Rolling Eyes

Tiny Tina is hilarious. End of story. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Borderlands 2 writer responds to allegations of racism   Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:47 am

Seriously?

Some people need to get a life.
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PostSubject: Re: Borderlands 2 writer responds to allegations of racism   Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:48 am

Too true my mate, too true!!

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