“The Pachys are out of containment!”
“Jurassic World” has come under fire for their choice in short-hand for the Pachycephalosaurus, with critics saying it’s “racist” and derogatory toward Pakistanis and other south Asians.
There was a moment in #JurassicWorld when someone shouts ‘Paki out of containment area’. Worst shorthand for ‘Pachysaurus’ ever.
— Raz (@raztweets) June 14, 2015
I quote from Jurassic world “there’s another Paki roaming outside his zone”
— Peto (@NathanPeto11) June 22, 2015
Okay so I watched Jurassic World today. Pretty decent movie,other than the fact that it was racist towards Pakistanis Like WTH IS PAKISAURUS
— Haris (@Harisarr) June 17, 2015
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
Instead of jumping to conclusions, these people should have jumped on the Jurassic World website and done a little investigation. From there they could have gone to the list of the dinosaurs and found this:
Thirty seconds of research revealed that this dinosaur has absolutely nothing to do with Pakistan, or the people of Pakistan. More importantly, these creatures were around LOOOONG before the establishment of any country, state or nation. To say that the nickname used in the movie is “racist” is also incorrect, by definition.
The term “Paki,” had it even been used in such a capacity, would have been, at best, offensive. However, because it was “Pachy” and was used as short-hand for a creature that predated any existence of the Pakistani people, it could not be either racist or offensive.
This is yet another prime example of what happens when people are quick to anger, and take to social media to express their ignorance. To begin with, you’re literally complaining about terminology used in a fictitious movie about animals that no longer exist. Perhaps it’s time to grow up and stop sitting around searching out things about which you can express faux outrage.
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