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GamingThread So square can make drastic changes to FF7 in the remake but couldn't be bothered to not make Barrett an ignorant racist caricature? (Read Threadmarks)
Reason User banned (2 weeks): dismissing concerns around representation
Because it doesn't matter if he's a black man, his character IS angry (because of the stuff happening to the planet) and he is PRETENDING to be scary (see his scenes with Marlene, his fear of heights, etc). Barret is a well written character (perhaps the best in FFVII:R), it's easy to see tropes when you look for them, but they've not only been faithful to his '97 character, they've much expanded on his other traits apart from Angry. That said, yes, the voice acting can be a bit over the top, but that goes for essentially the entire cast and was the direction they were given. I'd recommend watching the interview with John Eric Bentley, the EN voice of Barret, and get to understand HIS motivations, feeling and take on the character before playing the "that's racist" card.