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Is Seth Rogen's Animated Food Film "Sausage Party" Racially Insensitive?

An unfinished version of the first R-rated CG animated film Sausage Party made it's premiere at this years SXSW to a great audience response. The raunchy film was presented by its creator and co-writer, Seth Rogen, who also lends his voice to the film. After the screening, Rogen & company answered a few audience questions.

The raunchy film depicts Frank (voiced by Seth Rogen) leading a group of supermarket products on a quest of self-discovery after discovering they are not being sent to the Great Beyond aka food heaven. Along the way, Frank seeks the advice of a Native American bottle of liquor named FIREWATER (voiced by Bill Hader, who also voices EL GUACO).



Other characters include TERESA TACO (voiced by Salma Hayek), SAMMY BAGEL (voiced by Edward Norton) and Craig Robinson says he was originally going to voice a "UNCLE TOM'S RICE" character.

During the Q&A at SXSW, (video at source) an audience member asked what references were used when the filmmakers created the "Mexican" Characters. Rogen said the movie was inspired by old westerns and the characters were meant to be stereotypical. Co-writer Evan Goldberg defends the use of stereotypical characters by saying "to be very clear, [the film is] not reality" After the audience member continued to press the filmmakers for an answer, she is met with jeers from the crowd before the moderator asked the filmmakers a different question.

Clevver News says the film deals with
racism, religion, sexual religion and climate change. The film premieres in August and early reviews are saying it will become a sleeper hit of the summer.

SOURCE: VARIETY | TRAILER | Q &A YOUTUBE
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Tags: animation, film - comedy, film trailer / stills / clips, james / dave franco, kristen wiig, race / racism, salma hayek, seth rogen
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