There’s controversy with Tiny Tina from Borderlands 2? Really? Apparently, several people are upset about the type of language Tiny Tina uses in Borderlands 2 and have deemed it racist. As an African American who played Borderlands 2, I personally wasn’t offended and I thought she was actually kind of funny. I liked the character of Tiny Tina and thought her choice of slang was appropriate for the situation and was unable to see any form of racism.
Tiny Tina is a lovable and sweet little sociopath with a penchant for making things go boom and speaking ebonics to get her point across. There’s nothing new or innovative about this. I repeat: there is nothing new and innovative about a young white girl speaking in slang. White people have always taken portions of the Black community to make it their own. Clothes, music, language; its all been copied and white washed. I’m not going to tell anyone what they can and can’t be offended by, but this isn’t that big of a deal and certainly not racist.
Tiny Tina’s dialogue was written by Anthony Burch and voiced by Ashly Burch. The brother and sister duo are famous for the web series “Hey Ash: Whatcha Playin?” I watched an episode of “Hey Ash” and noticed that both Ashly Burch and Tiny Tina are practically the same person. This controversy on Twitter prompted Burch to respond with the decision to change the character’s dialogue for any future Borderlands 2 DLC featuring Tiny Tina.
I for one hope that never happens. I understand that some people find something offensive in everything they see, but you also can’t please everyone. In my opinion, calling this situation and character’s dialogue racist isn’t just unacceptable; It’s downright stupid. If you didn’t like the character, then you should have sold your copy of Borderlands 2 and moved on.
To Anthony Burch, Ashly Burch, Gearbox Software and 2K Games: Please don’t change Tiny Tina because some people are offended and go on a Twitter rant. I was entertained with Borderlands 2 and don’t think this controversy warrants change to a funny and lovable character because someone’s offended by Tiny Tina’s speech impediment.