The Quentin Tarantino produced film, Django Unchained starring Jamie Foxx, Samuel Jackson and Kerry Washington, has already earned $106.3 million and is up for five Golden Globe Awards since its opening on Christmas day. While the movie has proved to be a huge hit, the line of action figures portraying the movie’s main characters are not so popular.
Standing at eight-inches tall, the figures were produced by the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) in connection with the Weinstein Company and are currently being sold online. Najee Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, considers the dolls a “slap in the face of our ancestors” and feels they should be removed.
“We were outraged,” said Ali, upon learning of the figures. “We feel that it trivializes the horrors of slavery and what African-Americans experienced.”
Though the figures are intended for those over 17 as collectible items and memorabilia, Reverend KW Tulloss, NAC’s president in Los Angles, also feels that the dolls are “highly offensive” to 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.”
Read the complete article on The Guardian.
BMWK– Have you seen Django Unchained? How do you feel about the action figures portraying the characters of the movie?