Re: /post/122841459348/ (AKA. Jurassic World Dino-Slur)
The entire deal about the supposed use of a slur in the movie is that the dinosaur in question, Pachycephalosaurus, has a very long name. To avoid having to say the name every time, they abbreviated it to Pachy, which turns out to be a homophone for a slur referring to Pakistani people in the UK. It’s a completely normal thing to abbreviate animal species or assign them “pet names,” both in the real world, as well as the world of the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World books, movies, and games. Some examples of other species that have been abbreviated in the movies (also called Code Names) are:
- Tyrannosaurus Rex - T-Rex, Rex, also referred to as Rexie/Rexy (by Billy Yoder in the Jurassic Park PS3 game)
- Compsognathus - Compy
- Velociraptor - Raptor
- Corythosaurus - Cory
- Parasaurolophis - Parasaur/Para
- Stegosaurus - Stego
- Triceratops - Trike
- and the list really goes on.
It’s really no different from modern zookeepers, pet owners, etc. abbreviating animal names in this manner. Most often, it’s the first part of the name or a variant that’s used, but there are some (like Raptor mentioned above) that use the latter part of the name. Here’s a few I can think of off of the top of my head:
- Rhinoceros - Rhino
- Hippopotamus - Hippo
- Rottweiler - Rottie
- Crocodile - Croc
- Alligator - Gator
- Bearded Dragon - Beardie
I can get why some people find it concerning, but I really feel like the ones who got upset might not have known what the dinosaur’s full name is, or even how it is spelled. Like the post I linked to mentioned, it’s highly likely that Americans didn’t know of this particular slur’s existence. I know I didn’t. I immediately associated the word “Pachy” with Pachycephalosaurus, one of my personal dinos to draw.
I feel like most people who saw the movie were big fans of the series in general, as well as dinosaurs (Or, like my 81 year old grandmother, got invited to go. Don’t worry- she ended up loving it and said she’d definitely see it again!), and get where the abbreviation came from. I think there are actually more dinosaurs in the series with these “Code Names” than without, actually!