The BBFC, who takes things very seriously when it comes to rating videogames, has gotten their hands on the upcoming Resident Evil 5 and is reporting that we can all put our picketing signs down because the game is not racist. Strangely the rating board seems to have gotten a different version of the game than some sites have written about. One of the scenes that got press involved a blonde woman being dragged off by a group of black men, however when the BBFC played the game the woman was dragged off by a single man who was not black.
“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,” Board executive Sue Clark responded when asked about the scene. She then followed up with a discussion on the game’s racism in general saying, “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. We do take racism very seriously, but in this case there is no issue around racism.”
There you have it. Black zombies are the same as Spanish zombies — the British have spoken! We have of course expressed our opinion on this subject.