'Jurassic World' Under Fire for "Racist" Dinosaur Name
Trying to give the Pachycephalosaurus a shorter nickname might have been a mistake.
It was a slur 65 million years in the making.
In Jurassic World, there's a scene in which the protagonists learn that a group of dinosaurs, called the Pachycephalosaurus, have escaped. For shorthand, they call the group of dinos "Pakis," which American audiences may not realize is an offensive slur in the U.K. — referring to people from Pakistan.
Now, British comedian Guzzy Bear (as his character Mobeen) has called for a boycott of the film. In a tongue-in-cheek video, he rants against Jurassic World, taking issue with dialogue such as, "The Pakis are out of containment!" and "The Pakis short out their implants when they butt heads!"
On Twitter, some viewers took notice of the dialogue, and some people were not happy, while others thought the uproar was uncalled for.
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
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
So the writers of Jurassic World have been accused of racism for using the shortening a dinosaur name to "pachys". What a time to be alive.— Theo Priestley (@ITredux) June 18, 2015
The comedian's video has more than 500,000 views on YouTube. The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Jurassic World studio Universal for comment.