Yesterday Borderland 2’s lead writer Anthony Burch was bombarded with tweets about Tiny Tina. Some BL2 players think she’s making fun of the black community because she says things like ‘badonkadonk’. Now I’m all for getting rid of stereotypes, but there’s nothing wrong with Tiny Tina. Finding her racist says more about the offended parties than it does the game’s writing.
This won’t take long.
The character is all over the place. If you only hear slang when you listen to her than you’re not listening hard enough. Her voice often jumps between childish, creepy, calming, extremely proper, and ghetto fabulous. Sure, the last one sticks out the most, but it’s just one facet of her personality (see quotes below for examples).
“Sir Reginald is only one of the many illustrious guests who will be attending my tea party”
“You got Princess Fluffybutt? Oh Man. This party is gonna be off the chizzo, for rizzo.”
“Ahahaah! Burn all the babies!”
She’s an eccentric 13-year-old, there’s no racism going on here. And her personality makes sense within the context of the game. Most of Borderland 2’s characters are quirky and over the top. That’s part of the game’s charm.
I find characters like Cole Train from Gears of War more offensive than Tiny Tina. Now he’s reinforcing negative stereotypes. Borderlands 2’s main black character isn’t a parody. If Anthony Burch were truly insensitive he would’ve taken that route with Roland. Because let’s face it – that’s how most black characters are portrayed in video games.
I can’t believe we’re even talking about this. Borderlands 2 came out five months ago. Why is this just coming to our attention now? If this were a problem it would’ve been brought up a long time ago. Mike Sacco (the guy who started this debate) needs to just lighten up. You offend too easily my friend.