Borderlands 2's Writer Says He'll Change Tiny Tina If She Conveys Racism, As Some Players Think [UPDATE]

Today, an argument broke out on Twitter between Anthony Burch, lead writer on Borderlands 2, and a few players who think that Tiny Tina is a racist character.

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The issue, as some folks saw it, was that Tiny Tina appropriated African American lingo. See above video, which showcases Tiny Tina dialogue, if you want reference.

The argument on Twitter, which ends with Burch saying he'll consider changing her, is as follows—note that this is a mix of developers, game journalists, and random fans:

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Matt Charles is a producer on Borderlands 2.

Whether or not a change in Tina's character will actually occur is not clear, though I suspect many fans would be upset if she was altered: she is frequently cited as a favorite character.

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UPDATE: Some are even defending Tina, as not all players believe she is racist (including Gearbox president, Randy Pitchford):

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Though this is but a small sampling of the response Burch is getting, which you can view here.

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I reached out to Burch and have yet to hear back.

UPDATE 2: Burch responds and clarifies:

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MizuofYmir
MizuofYmir

Being black myself, I don't find this racist. And I know "white" people who use slang/ebonics, it's funny when they're obviously trying super hard to use it. Having lived in South Central LA, I know slang. And I know when it's forced and when it's just what you use/know.

I'm slightly irritated that a bunch of white people are debating about it, because well...it doesn't really pertain to you. Sure, I probably sound like a dick or something but I seriously just don't see the problem. If it makes you uncomfortable, I find that strange. Do you feel uncomfortable when you're around black people who do use slang? That sounds like a personal problem that roots towards racism in yourself. xD

But whatever, long story short. I'm black, and while I don't use slang or ebonics, I don't find this racist. Black culture, much like slang, is spreading across the country due to music and what not. Tiny is a light hearted character, who has actually been through a lot, and you can very much equate where she's grown up to the hood. I see no problem with her.