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Jive-talking twin Transformers raise race issues

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By SANDY COHEN

AP Entertainment Writer

Posted: Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2009

"They don't really have any positive effect on the film," she said. "They only exist to talk in bad ebonics, beat each other up and talk about how stupid each other is."

Hollywood has a track record of using negative stereotypes of black characters for comic relief, said Todd Boyd, a professor of popular culture at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, who has not seen the "Transformers" sequel.

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