Yes I noticed. Yes it was meant to be a joke.
Was it funny when a human character referred to two unconscious Vulcans as “Spock and Spock” in Star Trek: Lower Decks?
It was as funny as if a white character had called two unconscious Indians “Patel and Patel.”
I wasn’t funny, it was racist. It’s a classic thing racists do to dehumanise people, it’s a micro-aggression they use so if the attacked complains, they can reply with the old, “Hey it’s a joke, can’t you take a joke?”
The fact that The Expanse doesn’t rely on lazy racist tropes, that it actually doubles-down on the importance of challenging racist behaviour even in the middle of a dogfight is a credit to the show and everyone involved.
This is the dialogue from the scene:
Holden: They’re moving into a spread formation.
Bull: Spreading out like that is good tactics. At least one of these skinnies is not an idiot.
Holden: Be grateful. It actually works for us right now. And that’s the last time you use that word on this ship.
Bull: Excuse me?
Holden: I know you’re pissed about Fred and psyching yourself up for the fight, but leave that “skinnies” shit out of it.
Bull: Duly noted.