A ‘Jurassic World’ dinosaur has an unintentionally racist nickname

It sounds exactly like a British racial slur.

 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Jun 18, 2015   Updated Mar 1, 2020, 1:14 am CST

One of the dinosaurs in Jurassic World was shockingly racist—but only in the U.K.

The Pachycephalosaurus is a hard-headed dinosaur that appears several times in the Jurassic Park franchise, and in Jurassic World its name was shortened to “pachy.” This nickname made sense for theme-park employees who have to use complicated dinosaur terminology all day, but one glaring problem went unnoticed by the American filmmakers: “pachy” sounds exactly like a racist slur to British viewers. 

The word “paki” is technically just short for Pakistani, but it’s used as a slur against people of South Asian descent. And while it’s not on the same level as the n-word, it’s bad enough that, if a politician or celebrity were caught saying it on camera, they’d definitely have to give a public apology. Under British hate-speech laws, you could even be arrested for using this kind of language in a threatening context.

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As you might expect, many British filmgoers were shocked to hear this word in Jurassic World, especially from a character who sounds like she’s shouting, “The pakis are out of containment!”

This reaction video from YouTuber Guzzy Bear is a hilarious lesson in why Hollywood filmmakers need to check their screenplays for accidental references to foreign slang. It’s really not too much to ask from a movie this big.

This is far from the first time this kind of thing has happened. When the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender movie came out, several critics mentioned being distracted by characters referring to themselves as “benders”—an old-fashioned English slang term for gay men.

Come on, Hollywood. Get it together.

Photo via Jurassic World

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*First Published: Jun 18, 2015, 9:46 am CDT