DJANGO UNCHAINED Action Figures Discontinued, Deemed As Offensive
Are these Django Unchained dolls offensive? Do they trivialise the horrors of slavery? After advocacy groups, lead by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network spoke out against the action figures, the Weinstein Company ask the toymaker (NECA) to halt production.
TMZ is reporting that toymaker, National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc. (NECA), has discontinued production on their Django Unchained toyline upon the request of the film's producers, the Weinstein Company. The Weinstein Company has come under fire about the action figures by advocacy groups, like Al Sharpton's National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope. They argued that the toys trivialized the horrors of slavery.
The eight-inch pose-able action figures come with tailored clothing, weaponry, and accessories. There are a total of six figures in the toyline with the likeness of actors: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Remar and Christoph Waltz. Clearly the most "offensive" of the figures being the depiction of Samuel L. Jackson's Stephen and Kerry Washington's Broomhilda Von Shaft, who portray slaves in the film.
TMZ also learned that only 1,000 dolls were created before production was shutdown. Which means? You better go and scoop up these dolls because with a limited supply and the film's popularity they will surely go up in value. Hey don't blame me, that's just good common sense.
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Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade.
DJANGO UNCHAINED was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. Currently playing at your local theater!
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