TOY MAKERS CEASE PRODUCTION OF ‘DJANGO UNCHAINED’ “ACTION FIGURES” AFTER BACKLASH

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Well.. well… It looks like toy makers and the Weinsteins have bowed down to pressure from civil rights activists and ceased production of the controversial slave dolls of characters from Quentin Tarantino’s hit spaghetti western/blaxploitation film Django Unchained.

Django Unchained tells the tale of a former slave (Django) who travels across  America to find his wife (Broomhilda), and is desperate to free her from slavery at the hands of an evil  plantation owner.

The dolls are no longer being sold on Amazon.com, who were selling figures representing the black slaves Django (Jamie Foxx), Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) and Stephen (Samuel L Jackson).

Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein (Founder of the Weinstein Company and producer of DJango Unchained)

According to TMZ after Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope spoke out about the dolls the Weinstein Company asked toy makers to cease production of the figures immediately.

Last week Najee Ali, director of civil rights group Project Islamic Hope organised a major protest outside the Golden Globes Awards ceremony to draw attention to the issue and said:

‘Tarantino and Weinstein didn’t have action  figures for their movie Inglorious Basterds because they know the Jewish  community would never allow it, and the African-American community shouldn’t  allow anyone to disrespect our ancestors.’

Oh dear….

No comments from team Weinstein,  team Tarantino, team Foxx, team Washington or team Jackson yet.

6 replies »

  1. I’m confused…

    A Black slave gets freed and becomes a bounty hunter and kills racist White folks basically throughout the entire film…

    How is this a bad thing again?

    In essence, this just made those action figures MORE valuable. They now sell for upwards of $700.

    Sometimes, Black folk are their own worst enemy. Can we put this much effort into something that REALLY counts? SMH.

  2. Stop drinking Tarantino’s Kool Aid. After you have done that you won’t be confused anymore.

  3. Nubi :
    Stop drinking Tarantino’s Kool Aid. After you have done that you won’t be confused anymore.

    First of all, no one is drinking Kool Aid. That’s racist!!!

    LMAO

    Secondly, I challenge you to explain to me how a movie about a freed Black slave killing racist White folks is a problem for anyone but racist White folks.

  4. A black slave who was freed on condition that he helped his master to kill his enemies. Technically, he wasn’t free.

  5. wow :
    A black slave who was freed on condition that he helped his master to kill his enemies. Technically, he wasn’t free.

    Semantically correct.

    Still, he got to kill a gang of racist White folks. Pretty much throughout the entire film.

    I ask, yet again-HOW is this a problem for anyone but racist White folks????

  6. Maybe because the only people profiting from the movie, dolls etc are the racist white folks. You think a black film maker has never tried to get a movie like this made in Hollywood?

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