Sunday, January 20, 2013

Toy makers bullied into ceasing production of action figures from Tarantino’s latest film Django Unchained

Toy makers have ceased production of controversial dolls of slave characters from Quentin Tarantino's blockbuster Django Unchained after outraged civil rights activists demanded they be withdrawn from sale.

The figurines represent characters from the ultra-violent film Django Unchained, which tells the story of a former slave who travels across America to find his wife and free her from slavery at the hands of a cruel plantation owner.

Amazon.com was selling three, eight-inch tall plastic dolls representing the black slaves Django, Broomhilda and Stephen as part of a series of figures from the film.

But black community leaders called for them to be withdrawn from sale saying they 'trivialise the horrors of slavery'.

TMZ reported that shortly after advocacy groups including Al Sharpton's National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope spoke out, the Weinstein Company asked that the toy line be discontinued as soon as possible.

They were produced by National Entertainment Collectibles Assocation (NECA) in collaboration with the Weinstein Company, the studio that produced Django Unchained.

The toy company, which said they had no intention of causing controversy, ceased production immediately.

Source

History is incorrect, apparently


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

2 comments:

Erom Nodd said...

A heavily sensationalized, fictionalized account of slavery is okay but action figures based on that same film are not?

Racial political correctness can be so confusing.

Wireless.Phil said...

These frigg'en people never seem to stop trying to get their names in the paper and that is all it is.
Their shot at attention!

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