Everyone’s talking about Quinton Tarantino’s “Django Unchanined” in one for or another. Some hail it as a must see classic Tarantino’s flick, while others are outraged over the lightheartedness the film makes on slavery. And the movie has caused all kind of controversy then a new line of slave toys are surely to push some to the brink.
Slavery-era action figures tied to Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained are raising questions about whether they’re appropriate.
A line of figures of the movie’s main characters are on sale online, manufactured by toy maker NECA in partnership with the Weinstein Co.
Najee Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, plans a news conference Tuesday with other Los Angeles black community leaders calling for the removal of the toys from the market.
Ali called the action figures “a slap in the face of our ancestors.”
“We were outraged,” said Ali, upon learning of the figures. “We feel that it trivializes the horrors of slavery and what African Americans experienced.”
The action figures are collectibles recommended for people older than 17. Tarantino has had such figures made for all of his films, including his last, Inglourious Basterds. That film, too, reveled in a revenge fantasy set in history — Nazi Germany.
The Weinstein Co. and NECA didn’t immediately comment Tuesday.
Personally, I think its a damn shame that these toys are for sale. SMH.
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