Did ‘Jurassic World’ Really Make a ‘Racist’ Dinosaur?

Jun 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm |
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Chris Pratt with Raptors

(Universal Pictures/Photofest)

 

The biggest global box office hit the world has ever seen, Jurassic World, has grossed nearly a billion dollars since it’s release two weeks ago — but the blockbuster isn’t sitting so well with some fans in the U.K. who are accusing the film for its use of ethnic slurs.


One of the film franchise’s popular dinosaurs, first introduced in Jurassic Park: The Lost World, is the Pachycephalosaurus (remember those weird dinos that looks as if they’re wearing football helmets that make them very adept at head-butting?)

In the movie’s script the characters refer to these particular dinos several times as “Pachys,” instead of by their full, 7-syllable name.

For example:

“The Pachys are out of containment!”

In the U.K. the term “Paki” is used derogatorily to refer to someone from Pakistan or southern Asia in general, deriving from the 1960s when it was used by British tabloids to refer to subjects of former colony states in a racist manner.

British comedian Mobeen recently posted a now-viral YouTube video entitled “Boycott Jurassic World! Say No to Pakisaurus!” condemning the phrase, albeit with a sense of humor about the situation.


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However, Mobeen’s video has sparked a heated debate about the potential double meaning.

While the entire mock-boycott of the film has a sense of self-awareness, to be fair to paleontologists, the term Pachycephalosaurus was coined way back in the 19th century, and the same abbreviation for the dino was used in the film franchise’s second installment, The Lost World.

 

Can this really be considered a racial slur?