In all honesty a lot of the previous G1 characters were really just extreme caricatures... think about it. Seaspray, Powerglide, Warpath, Jazz, Blurr, Wheelie, Ironhide, Hound, Inferno, Beachcomber, Blaster... I could probably go on forever. I think that it was clear in the first movie when the Autobots confirmed that they learned the English Language via the World Wide Web that Michael Bay and his team were trying to appeal to a youth audience. Skids and Mudflap in my eyes should be forgiven, If Michael Bay justified the gold tooth as based off of Rapper T-Pain and the can't read off of Kanye West's VH1 Storytellers where he said that he doesn't read often, would there be an uproar? I agree that it was a mistake and these characters come off as a offensive, but there is always another side.