Here is a quote on Shiva’s costume from Destructoid:
Ever since Resident Evil 5 released its first full trailer and caused controversy amongst the stupid people of the world, I have defended it from accusations of racial prejudice. However, looking at Sheva’s “sexy” unlockable costume, I have to admit that it does look a little bit racist.
As you can see from the provided pictures, this new costume comes complete with tooth necklace, neck bangles and tribal tattoos. All she’s missing is a bone through her nose and a boiling pot with a freshly captured white man in it. Soup’s on, and it tastes of racism!
While I maintain that the game isn’t racist, not least because Japanese people simply don’t seem aware of themselves when they stereotype other races (naivety is not the same as racism), I don’t think I’ll try and defend this one. I’ll just keep my inappropriate laughter to myself, and hope the “that’s racist zomg” crowd don’t get their hands on it.
My response as a black man:
I’d hit dat!
Now on with the Cosplay!