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Players Accuse Tiny Tina From Borderlands 2 Of 'Verbal Blackface' [UPDATE]

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

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 favourite character.

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

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

https://twitter.com/vortexelemental/status/297897606762360832

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

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

UPDATE 2: Burch responds and clarifies:


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