We haven’t been to a toy store since December, so we can’t attest to whether gold-toothed, jive-talking illiterate robots are flying off the shelves in the wake of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’s astronomical $60.6 million opening day. However, on a day when you’d think that most everyone involved with the production would be celebrating, the writers of the film are working to distance themselves from the charges of robot racism that are dogging Michael Bay’s latest blowshitup-fest. In an interview with Film School Rejects, writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are quick to admit that the controversial gold tooth Skids sports was something Bay came up with and was not present in the script they turned in. Additionally, Kurtzman admits that he “certainly wasn’t thrilled” with the way that the characters turned out onscreen, while Orso adds that “I’m not easily offended, but when I saw it, I thought, ‘Someone’s gonna write about that.’” And indeed, they did.
Orci and Kurtzman Respond to Claims of Racism in ‘Transformers 2′ [Film School Rejects]