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?)
— Claire Dearing (@IndominusClaire) June 19, 2015
In the movie’s script the characters refer to these particular dinos several times as “Pachys,” instead of by their full, 7-syllable name.
“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.
However, Mobeen’s video has sparked a heated debate about the potential double meaning.
Pakisaurus, imagine a white guy calling you a Paki and just as you're about to go mad he says 'I ain't racist, you look like a dinosaur'
— HARIS (@_HarisAli_) June 16, 2015
There was a moment in #JurassicWorld when someone shouts 'Paki out of containment area'. Worst shorthand for 'Pachysaurus' ever.
— Raz (@raztweets) June 14, 2015
"Pachy" meaning thick. "Cephalo" pertaining to the head. "Saurus" meaning lizard. Translation-thick headed lizard. IDIOTS! #JurassicWorld
— Michael Johnson (@michaelwayne03) June 24, 2015
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?