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The controversial line of Django Unchained action figures, which were to be produced by National Entertainment Collectibles Association, has been cancelled. The line included figures of the slave characters in the film, including Django (Jamie Foxx), his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) and Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson).
The film itself, directed by Quentin Tarantino, is controversial and the figures drew protests the moment they appeared on Amazon. Groups such as the Project Islamic Hope and the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network called for the line to be cancelled and that’s exactly what happened today.
"Selling slaves as action figures is a slap in the face of our ancestors. 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,” Project Islamic Hope's Najee Ali stated.
TMZ reports that The Weinstein Company, which made the film, called NECA to tell them to pull the plug on the figures. The company agreed, although not before 1,000 figures were produced.
TWC has not commented on the toys yet.
The full line of figures also included Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and Butch (James Remar). You can no longer put in an order for the toys at Amazon.
Django Unchained has earned five Oscar nominations and became the highest-grossing film of Tarantino’s career. It has been attacked by critics for its use of the n-word and violence.