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'Django Unchained' slave-action figures discontinued following outcry

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Despite the wide success Django Unchained is seeing at the box office, the success won’t be seen in the distribution of Django action figures as the recently revealed toys have been shelved indefinitely.

According to TMZ, several African-American groups protested against the active figures.

Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope are two of the main groups speaking out against the actions figures, which represent characters who are slave owners in the film. The toy company insists it was never their intention to offend anyone.

Roughly 1,000 dolls were released before Weinstein Company asked to shut down production of the dolls.

Some of the dolls available were Django, a free 'gun-slinging' slave, his wife as well as the mean, white plantation owner Candie, Reuters notes.

K.W. Tulloss, president of the Los Angeles branch of National Action Network explained, “Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African-American community. 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."

Reuters reports that the dolls were originally intended for those 17 years and older.

 
 

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