LOS ANGELES Jan 18 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
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
"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
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 Dec. 25.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey and Alex Dobuzinskis Editing by Jill
Serjeant and Eric Beech)