British Ratings Board: RE5 Is Not Racist

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British Ratings Board: RE5 Is Not Racist

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The British Board of Film Classification, which rates games in the UK, has delivered its verdict on the Resident Evil 5 racism controversy.

Whether or not Resident Evil 5 is intentionally or unintentionally racist (or racist at all) is really up to you to ponder for yourself, but for the BBFC, it's something that actually matters when it comes to doing their job. The board, which rates films, DVDs and videogames in the UK, needs to consider racist elements when handing down verdicts on whether or not six-year-olds will be allowed to shoot zombies in the African savanna.

"The BBFC would not automatically cut a work for racism," Sue Clark, head of communications for the board, explained to Kikizo. "We would normally give a work a higher rating to take it away from younger consumers who might not understand the issues surrounding racist remarks or attitudes."

They've given RE5 a rating of 18, but that has nothing to do with shielding kids from "the issues surrounding racist remarks or attitudes." They don't think the game is racist at all. "We do take racism very seriously, but in this case there is no issue around racism," Clark said.

Speaking specifically, Clark commented on a controversial scene in the game which multiple journalists described as showing a white woman being sexually accosted by a group of black Majini (the zombie-esque infected townsfolk). Some argued the scene echoed classic racist tropes of black males corrupting white women, but the BBFC saw little of that.

"In the version [of the scene] submitted to the BBFC there is only one man pulling the blonde woman in from the balcony, and I can't say the skimpiness of her dress impressed itself on me," she said. "The single man is not black either." So either the BBFC received a different version of the scene or some people were feeling a tad sensational.

In any case, the BBFC seems to be taking the same stance as many gamers who feel the entire controversy is beyond the bounds of common sense. "As the whole game is set in Africa it is hardly surprising that some of the characters are black, just like the fact that some of the characters in an earlier version were Spanish as the game was set in Spain," Clark said.

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WELL DONE! damn, finally someone gets it right

For once the BBFC did something right

*claps*

The conservatives should just get over this RE5 racism thing and get a life.

I never understood how this could be seen as being racist? Black people actually live in Africa? White people live in Europe? Japanese people live in Japan? When you read a book, it's set in Africa, and the protagonist is black, do you call it racist? NO! Seriously, people who think this game is racist need to get their head(s) checked!

FINALLY, THEY DID SOMETHING RIGHT!!!

Holy crap, rationality on a ratings board...

mokes310:
I never understood how this could be seen as being racist? Black people actually live in Africa? White people live in Europe? Japanese people live in Japan? When you read a book, it's set in Africa, and the protagonist is black, do you call it racist? NO! Seriously, people who think this game is racist need to get their head(s) checked!

Seriously? That makes a lot of sense.

Anyway, this entire controversy was ridiculous to begin with. I mean, it's an RE game. All the protagonists are white. They decided to set it in Africa this time, and they're not about to scrap Chris Redfield as the protagonist.

I can;t believe it even got that far.

The game is set in Africa. A village is infected. What did you expect? A bunch of pasty white nerds?

I'm super impressed. Bravo!!

Chickenlittle:
I can;t believe it even got that far.

The game is set in Africa. A village is infected. What did you expect? A bunch of pasty white nerds?

Absolutely. And Asian and Hispanic... uhh, tourists.

God, this "controversy" just keeps going on. Glad to see someone has their heads on straight.

Chickenlittle:
I can;t believe it even got that far.

The game is set in Africa. A village is infected. What did you expect? A bunch of pasty white nerds?

ummm....yessss?

So there's hope yet for the rating systems horray!

Thank god they got it right with this game, I'm proud that they actually put two and two together and figured out it wasn't racist.

Hachura:

Chickenlittle:
I can;t believe it even got that far.

The game is set in Africa. A village is infected. What did you expect? A bunch of pasty white nerds?

Absolutely. And Asian and Hispanic... uhh, tourists.

Me? I thought there would be loads of Japanese people!

Being serious, I'm glad that these people saw the light of reason. Can't wait till the ESRB says the exact same thing, and then Al Sharpton uses it to go on another crazy parade! It'll probably get a big piece of frontline news on every station too. Media outlets love this stuff: it feeds their sense of being important knowing that they've stirred the pot one more time.

mokes310:
I never understood how this could be seen as being racist? Black people actually live in Africa? White people live in Europe? Japanese people live in Japan? When you read a book, it's set in Africa, and the protagonist is black, do you call it racist? NO! Seriously, people who think this game is racist need to get their head(s) checked!

The complaint against this game is the fact that the developers chose to set it in Africa.

I still can't believe Capcom caved though, by adding white/Asian enemies and a black sidekick to boot. Weak.

Chickenlittle:
I can;t believe it even got that far.

The game is set in Africa. A village is infected. What did you expect? A bunch of pasty white nerds?

My main problem with it is that the protagonist is white which leads to a whole bunch or cliches you can read on TV Tropes if you have to. In other words, the game is set in Africa. A village is infected. What did you expect the protagonist to be? A pasty white guy?

I think it's slightly more honest to say that it's not racist any more. The scene in question has been changed from two black Africans attacking a white woman, signifying that despite what they might say, Capcom have changed elements in the wake of the race controversy.

Can I just point out to people though, people weren't getting annoyed because the zombies were black, they were getting annoyed about the portrayal of Africans, whether infected or not, as nothing more than savages. RE5 touched on some pretty sensitive issues, albeit unintentionally, and people reacted to it viscerally.

Thank God this country doesn't have anyone like Jack Thompson. I'm just glad that the UK finally did something right, now all we need to do is follow the US example of electing a decent leader and we might just pull through. Are any of the BBFC members of Parliament?

I don't understand what you're all cheering about, the BBFC couldn't give this any higher rating than they have, even if they thought it was racist. All they could do is ban it and I believe they only do that for illegal content. So they could believe it racist and give it an 18 anyway.

I've only recently seen the advert and it's only because it stated that it's for RE at the beginning that I guessed they must be zombies because it looked like a guy just murdering a load of angry villagers, men, women, and children. Anyone who doesn't know what Resident Evil is about will assume that is what the game is about; a white mercenary in an African village with "a job to do" killing them all.
I know it's not really racist but I can see why anyone could think that it is.

Hachura:
I still can't believe Capcom caved though, by adding white/Asian enemies and a black sidekick to boot. Weak.

It's ok, she's not very black. He's half white I believe. Sheva makes the game even creepier for me in a sense. She's like a yardstick for how black something needs to be before you open fire.

"Ok Chris, remember the briefing?"

"Yep, if it's blacker than you, I kill it!"

"Well done!"

nilcypher:
I think it's slightly more honest to say that it's not racist any more. The scene in question has been changed from two black Africans attacking a white woman, signifying that despite what they might say, Capcom have changed elements in the wake of the race controversy.

Can I just point out to people though, people weren't getting annoyed because the zombies were black, they were getting annoyed about the portrayal of Africans, whether infected or not, as nothing more than savages. RE5 touched on some pretty sensitive issues, albeit unintentionally, and people reacted to it viscerally.

To be fair, aren't they in the middle of a zombie infestation? Most people would act like savages, no matter what color they were.

Trivun:
Thank God this country doesn't have anyone like Jack Thompson. I'm just glad that the UK finally did something right, now all we need to do is follow the US example of electing a decent leader and we might just pull through. Are any of the BBFC members of Parliament?

Hey, that's right. Why don't you guys have a Jack Thompson of your very own?
Would you like ours?

MaxTheReaper:

Trivun:
Thank God this country doesn't have anyone like Jack Thompson. I'm just glad that the UK finally did something right, now all we need to do is follow the US example of electing a decent leader and we might just pull through. Are any of the BBFC members of Parliament?

Hey, that's right. Why don't you guys have a Jack Thompson of your very own?
Would you like ours?

God no, that would be brutal. He could get hurt...

Why can't you stick to regular torture like normal people, there's a good Max... (pats head)

proud to be (half) british!

i never thought the authorities had this much back bone to have their own thoughts on things! rofl

in reality though, its true, if 5 is racist, then obviously 4 must be too!

people do need to step back and look at the bigger picture like that more

MaxTheReaper:

nilcypher:
I think it's slightly more honest to say that it's not racist any more. The scene in question has been changed from two black Africans attacking a white woman, signifying that despite what they might say, Capcom have changed elements in the wake of the race controversy.

Can I just point out to people though, people weren't getting annoyed because the zombies were black, they were getting annoyed about the portrayal of Africans, whether infected or not, as nothing more than savages. RE5 touched on some pretty sensitive issues, albeit unintentionally, and people reacted to it viscerally.

To be fair, aren't they in the middle of a zombie infestation? Most people would act like savages, no matter what color they were.

In a way it doesn't matter. I don't think that Capcom set out to make a racist game, but whatever the reason, or internal logic behind it, the game featured imagery that touched on outdated and racist ideas.

How the hell is it the BBFC can get it and our own journalists don't? Killing black people isn't racist- it's murder.

Trivun:

MaxTheReaper:

Trivun:
Thank God this country doesn't have anyone like Jack Thompson. I'm just glad that the UK finally did something right, now all we need to do is follow the US example of electing a decent leader and we might just pull through. Are any of the BBFC members of Parliament?

Hey, that's right. Why don't you guys have a Jack Thompson of your very own?
Would you like ours?

God no, that would be brutal. He could get hurt...

Why can't you stick to regular torture like normal people, there's a good Max... (pats head)

*twitch*

nilcypher:

MaxTheReaper:

nilcypher:
I think it's slightly more honest to say that it's not racist any more. The scene in question has been changed from two black Africans attacking a white woman, signifying that despite what they might say, Capcom have changed elements in the wake of the race controversy.

Can I just point out to people though, people weren't getting annoyed because the zombies were black, they were getting annoyed about the portrayal of Africans, whether infected or not, as nothing more than savages. RE5 touched on some pretty sensitive issues, albeit unintentionally, and people reacted to it viscerally.

To be fair, aren't they in the middle of a zombie infestation? Most people would act like savages, no matter what color they were.

In a way it doesn't matter. I don't think that Capcom set out to make a racist game, but whatever the reason, or internal logic behind it, the game featured imagery that touched on outdated and racist ideas.

That's why they should just have kept the zombies white. You can't be racist against white people, you know.

TsunamiWombat:
How the hell is it the BBFC can get it and our own journalists don't? Killing black people isn't racist- it's murder.

Shh...don't say black! It's ra--OH GOD I SAID IT TOO

Actual:
I don't understand what you're all cheering about, the BBFC couldn't give this any higher rating than they have, even if they thought it was racist. All they could do is ban it and I believe they only do that for illegal content. So they could believe it racist and give it an 18 anyway

Whilst you are correct, the point in the article if that the BBFC didn't consider it racist, despite all of the overblown reactions for the past 18 months calling it racist. Yes it got an 18, but this wasn't due to any racist remarks... it's due to the excessive violence (and possibly swearing, I haven't read the reasoning).

nilcypher:
I think it's slightly more honest to say that it's not racist any more. The scene in question has been changed from two black Africans attacking a white woman, signifying that despite what they might say, Capcom have changed elements in the wake of the race controversy.

Can I just point out to people though, people weren't getting annoyed because the zombies were black, they were getting annoyed about the portrayal of Africans, whether infected or not, as nothing more than savages. RE5 touched on some pretty sensitive issues, albeit unintentionally, and people reacted to it viscerally.

That bolded part remains to be seen. Don't get me wrong, I don't think it's racist, but I think that they knew that some would think it was, and they figured there's no such thing as bad publicity.

SomeBritishDude:
*claps*

That

Ten points to the BBFC.

Well, that's a good sign. The BBFC is somewhat crazy with their ratings, so if they can't see anything wrong, it should be pretty clear.

nilcypher:

Hachura:
I still can't believe Capcom caved though, by adding white/Asian enemies and a black sidekick to boot. Weak.

It's ok, she's not very black. He's half white I believe. Sheva makes the game even creepier for me in a sense. She's like a yardstick for how black something needs to be before you open fire.

"Ok Chris, remember the briefing?"

"Yep, if it's blacker than you, I kill it!"

"Well done!"

I love you. So much.

Wow, this has restored some of my faith in the BBFC.

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