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Rev. Al Sharpton of National Action Network protested the action figures of the controversial Django Unchained that told the story of the revenge for olden-days slavery, and had called for a national boycott towards the dolls’ producers.
The action figures were released in an assortment of 10 for $299 in Amazon last Tuesday.
Los Angeles NAC President Rev. K.W. Tulloss told The New York Daily News, “Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African American community."
Tulloss continued, “The movie is for adults, but these are action figures that appeal to children...We don’t want other individuals to utilize them for their entertainment, to make a mockery of slavery."
Tulloss personally had not seen the movie, but heard it was very good, E! News reported.
Activist Najee Ali of Project Islamic Hope also rejected the idea of commercialization the action figures brought.
"I actually enjoyed the movie, but we cannot support this type of commercialization...I don't see any dolls representing Hitler that came from Tarantino's [the movie Inglourious Basterds]."
He added, “I don't see them making dolls of Holocaust survivors who are bald and starving in concentration camps."
Director Quentin Tarantino, on the other hand, defended it by stating that the truth was much worse than what he displayed in the movie.
National Entertainment Collectibles Association, which made the figures, and The Weinstein Company, which produced the film, have not commented.