It’s been a long time since the “Epic Beard Man” beat-down, but here comes ultimate badass Danny Trejo in Badass — a very, very loose adaptation of the punching veteran meme.
As much as the Internet enjoyed rallying behind the alleged elderly dispenser of street justice, there were certain racially-tinged elements of the story — like the “shoe-shine” comment — that just didn’t sit well. Well, it seems like the film’s creators were very aware of the fact, because the fictional viral sensation “Badass” doesn’t demolish a weak-looking black dude but instead “protects an elderly black man from a pair of skin heads” which is pretty much the opposite.
The punchy vet subsequently becomes a vigilante, dispensing righteous beat downs on various troublemakers around town. ‘Cause the cops won’t. Now that’s a “Badass.”