"Django Unchained" producers order end to slavery action-figures

LOS ANGELES Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:18pm EST

Cast members Kerry Washington (L) and Jamie Foxx pose on the red carpet for the German premiere of ''Django Unchained'' in Berlin January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Cast members Kerry Washington (L) and Jamie Foxx pose on the red carpet for the German premiere of ''Django Unchained'' in Berlin January 8, 2013.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The producers of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" on Friday ordered a halt to the production of action figures based on the Oscar-nominated slavery movie after criticism that they were offensive to African-Americans.

The eight-inch (20-cm) dolls, which were intended for people 17 and older, included gun-slinging freed slave Django, his wife and cruel, white plantation owner Candie.

"Django Unchained" has been attacked by some African-Americans for its portrayal of slavery and its violence. Despite the controversy, the film was nominated for five Oscars, including best picture.

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton's National Action Network was among the groups that criticized the action figures.

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

"The movie is for adults, but these are action figures that appeal to children," Tulloss told the paper. "We don't want other individuals to utilize them for their entertainment, to make a mockery of slavery."

The Weinstein Co, which produced "Django Unchained," said in a statement on Friday that in light of the reaction to the dolls it had ordered production to stop.

"We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intent to offend anyone," the company said.

The action figures were sold by the National Entertainment Collectibles Association, which could not be reached for comment on Friday.

The producers noted that action figures have been produced for all of Tarantino's past films, including his World War Two revenge fantasy "Inglourious Basterds" in 2009.

"Django Unchained" stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio and has taken in some $130 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices since its release on December 25.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey and Alex Dobuzinskis Editing by Jill Serjeant and Eric Beech)

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Comments (3)
JSmith22222 wrote:
I get tired as a white person seeing these movies and find them offensive in their insinuations that all whites are racists. Weinstein Co is a Jewish company which has put out other movies which make insinuations about Non-Jewish whites. I am getting really really tired of these offensive movies. It’s like if racism is directed at Non-Jewish Whites its ok with these people. they don’t like it, but I’m suppose to shut the f up about it? Or perhaps these are more ploys to instigate racial tensions?

Jan 18, 2013 8:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
farmless wrote:
Brilliant! Now these action will be more rare and coveted and get much more attention than they would have in the first place.

Jan 18, 2013 9:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Raelyn wrote:
What a surprise, after tossing out more violence to keep our battered psyches from living decent lives amongst all this garbage and hate..
while their profits pile up.. I hope they choke on them..

Jan 19, 2013 10:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
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