Did anyone not see this coming? African womens' blog Black Looks has accused Resident Evil 5 of racism, calling into question the game's setting and depiction of black people as "inhuman savages."
"The new Resident Evil video game depicts a white man in what appears to be Africa killing Black people," the website reads, referencing the (excellent) extended trailer you can peep below. And for you exceptionally smart people, view our movie with exceptionally high production values: an in-depth sweeping journalistic investigation into Resident Evil's history of (unintended?) white supremacy.
"The Black people are supposed to be zombies and the white man's job is to destroy them and save humanity," the post continues.
"This is problematic on so many levels, including the depiction of Black people as inhuman savages, the killing of Black people by a white man in military clothing, and the fact that this video game is marketed to children and young adults. Start them young... fearing, hating, and destroying Black people."
Sounds like they're being just a bit overly PC to us. We could mention that there's already been four games' worth of white zombie-shooting, but we've got a feeling it's a wasted argument...
We've been in touch with Capcom, and we'll let you know what the company has to say shortly.
August 2, 2007