I wonder if anyone has suggested this, some bleed from our world into the fictional world. Why call a "skin job" "Skinner" if not from Principal Skinner in Simpsons?

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    I am pretty sure it was just a reference to the fact that someone (or everyone?) in his apartment building knew he was a police replicant. And derogatory slang for a replicant is a "skin job". so calling him a Skinner is just a more derogatory slang. – NJohnny Jan 27 '18 at 8:21
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    What on earth is this question? – Möoz Jan 28 '18 at 21:23

"Skin job" is indeed a derogatory slang term for a replicant, as we see in the opening of The Workprint Version of the original Blade Runner.

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"Skinner" appears to be an even more derogatory slur, likely meant to evoke the n-word. It also exists to demonstrate that language trends have changed somewhat in the three decades between the films, just as languages evolve in real life.

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  • I understand clearly from the context that "skinner" is a variant of "skin job." However, is this variant plausible? You say it evokes perhaps the n-word, not sure I find that compelling. What is interesting to me is the possibility that what the humans are taking issue with is not just that he is a replicant but that he kills ("skins" as hunters skin their prey) other replicants but would humans actually object to this profession? That is why I suggest that "skinner", while it might simply be a variant, might also be an insult based on indeed the Simpsons character. – Jeff Feb 1 '18 at 4:29
  • @Jeff I think you're over-thinking it. I don't see any reason to believe it's a reference to the Simpsons character. – Rogue Jedi Feb 1 '18 at 11:34
  • I can't prove it of course, but I think unintentionally perhaps the writers or set dressers were influenced by something since "skinner" does not feel plausible as a variant of skin job otherwise. That's all I can say. – Jeff Feb 3 '18 at 19:20
  • @Jeff: Maybe they were influenced by ... Skinner, the surname (not specifically from the Simpsons)? Judging by the length of the list of notable people with that name, it doesn't seem to be a particularly seldom surname. – O. R. Mapper Feb 5 '18 at 17:52

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