The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has decided that Resident Evil 5 is not racist. Specifically, it detailed a scene depicting a blonde woman being dragged away only to be turned into an enemy. Details of this scene have been circulating as proof that the game was racist, but the BBFC doesn't see it that way.
"In the version [of the scene] submitted to the BBFC there is only one man pulling the blonde woman in from the balcony, and I can't say the skimpiness of her dress impressed itself on me. The single man is not black either," said Board executive Sue Clark.
Eurogamer confirms that the man dragging her away is not black, but "when you enter the room, however, you face off against the monster version of the blonde girl and several black men."
This finding only applies to Britain, but does bring up a good point. "As the whole game is set in Africa it is hardly surprising that some of the characters are black, just like the fact that some of the characters in an earlier version were Spanish as the game was set in Spain," Clark continued.
Furthermore, is the game any more racist than a Grand Theft Auto game, which uses racial stereotypes and accents to satirize? Is Gran Torino racist for including countless racial slurs, while telling a story about overcoming racism?
I really didn't have a problem with the game being set in Africa. In fact, I have a bigger problem with some of the enemies being replaced by people of different races. It isn't a racial complaint, but hurts my immersion in the game.
The full version of the game releases next Friday and we'll get to see what kind of impact the racist allegations have. I'm guessing that the game will catch some flak, but still sell really well. What do you think?