'Django Unchained' action figures create controversy

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Django Unchained has generated controversy over its action figure line.

The figures, distributed by the National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc., are of six of the film’s characters, including the ones played by Jamie Foxx (who plays the title role), Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson. Each is eight inches and comes with accessories. They can be purchased on Amazon.

But while the Star Wars films were ideal for such merchandising, some people think it is inappropriate for such a violent film like Django Unchained, which centers on Foxx’s character searching for his wife during the Civil War era.

EurWeb reported that a press conference was held Tuesday in which many African-American community leaders called for a boycott of the figures.

“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,” stated Najee Ali, Director of Project Islamic Hope.

Director Spike Lee had previously denounced Unchained as disrespectful.

“American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves.Stolen From Africa.I Will Honor Them,” he tweeted Dec. 22.

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