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There has been some criticism of Michael Bay's portrayal of Skids and Mudflap in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as a straight up racial stereotype.

It turns out the bots jive talk, that cannot read, and one sports a gold tooth.

But Mr.

Bay doesn't really see it that way and insists it's just good, clean fun and "putting more personality in." "I don't know if it's stereotypes — they are robots, by the way.

These are the voice actors," he tells the Associated Press.

"This is kind of the direction they were taking the characters and we went with it." The personalities and lines "were kind of written but not really written," Mr.

Bay said.

"So the voice actors is when we started to really kind of come up with their characters." He reiterates it's purely for the kids.

And because they are in there for comic relief, "it makes it more accessible to them." Tasha Robinson, associate editor at The Onion sort of lets up on Mr.

Bay's portrayals saying that if the Twins were played by real black actors, "then you might have to admit that it's racist," Ms.

Robinson tells the AP.

"But stick it into a robot's mouth, and it's just a robot, it's OK." She does ask the question, though, "why do they talk like bad black stereotypes [if they're robots]?" Well Ms.

Robinson, if you saw the first film, you would know.

But we digress.

A little confirmation on voice actors is embedded in the Associated Press article, too.

Reno Wilson (Crank: High Voltage) and Tom Kenny (Transformers Animated) voice Mudflap and Skids, respectively.

A caveat: Mr.

Wilson is black and Mr.

Kenny is white.



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