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Though “Django Unchained” is doing extraordinary well at the box office, not everyone took kindly to Director Quentin Tarantino’s decision to turn slavery into a Western film. Many thought the movie’s witty dialogue, comic relief by way of chatty Ku Klux Klan members and sensationalist ending trivialized one the most traumatic period in American history. But even the harshest critics of the film didn’t see this coming.

Tarantino is now selling slave action figures from the movie, including slave characters “Django” (Jamie Foxx) and “Stephen” (Samuel L. Jackson).

According to The Daily Beast:

Last fall, the National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc. (NECA), in tandem with the Weinstein Company, announced a full line of consumer products based on characters from the movie. First up are pose-able eight-inch action figures with tailored clothing, weaponry, and accessories in the likeness of characters played by Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Remar and Christoph Waltz. The dolls are currently on sale via Amazon.com.

The slave action figures have drawn ire among people who feel it’s offensive and morally reprehensible to imagine slaves as toys for children to play with. To be fair, there were action figures for the “Kill Bill” films but as The Daily Beast‘s Karu Daniels writes: “those seem better suited for commercial pursuits.” These toys desensitize people and more specifically, children to the horrific institution of slavery much like Tarantino’s comedic film did, some will argue.

What do you think of “Django Unchained” slave action figures, Clutchettes?

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com/ Tonton Michel

    Ok, they have gone too far with this yet i want one

  • Yvette

    I loved the movie, but this is taking it too far.

  • Jason

    How is this “taking it/going too far?”

  • Mademoiselle

    “It’s just satire,” right? Remind me what’s funny again…

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    you niggers gon be down to the mall buyin em up, right?

  • MISS_EMCEE

    The fact they made these dolls I guess the rate of white people adopting Africans and stolen Africans (African Americans) will decrease.

  • MommieDearest

    Let’s put aside that for some people, selling action figures from a movie where slavery is a theme is aborrent because it tends to make light of slavery. Let’s put aside the fact that through these sales, some foks (and we know 99.9 % of them will be white) will cash in on slavery at the expense of blacks. Again. Let’s also put aside that for some people this is a(nother) slap in the face to black people from a white man who seems to have an obession with black people and seeing how far he can “push the envelope” at our expense.

    It’s more than a little unsettling that children’s toys are being manufactured from a movie that children should not be allowed to see (though I’m sure somebody, SOMEwhere, was too lazy or cheap to get a sitter and let their young child watch this blood fest on the big screen.) Yes, I’m aware that these are collector’s items; but they are dolls. With moveable parts. I’m sure they will sell different outfits too. The whole idea comes off really creepy.

  • Yb

    Is it made by a white man? Cause if so the answer is yes.

  • steve

    i want a django action figure , does it come with whip scars on his back .

    but seriously i dont have a problem with django or even the doctor action figure, but a stephen and broomhilda is not cool

  • steve

    also something people need to take into account the action figures market is geared toward adults who collect these items. and i will bet this is who its is geared towards . ( ex google mcfarlane toys) which are not for kids

  • Get Free

    these aren’t for children, though.

    great movie and it will be talked about for years to come.

    i’ll probably grab these.

  • dee

    So I saw Django last night and I was very hesitant because white people were way too hype about it. I tend to be weary of any movie when the main plot point is oppression and white people rave about it.

    After seeing it I’m not sure how I feel about it.

    I know the majority of people buying these toys are going to white, and this is too much like them having slave memorabilia in there house. I’m not here for that.

    If it was just the heroes of the story, Django and Schultz, I don’t think i’d be as bothered by it.

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  • dee

    “a white man who seems to have an obession with black people”

    I thought I was the only one who felt this way about tarentino.

  • The Artist

    Smh. Slave action figures…

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    TARANTINO: “I went to a mostly black school … at different points in my life I was raised by black people, raised in black homes … kind of the United Nations aspect that my mom’s house was in the early ’70s. So black culture was my culture growing up.”

    TARANTINO: “Oh yeah, my mom, she dated Wilt Chamberlain.”

  • Yb

    My friend watched it and said she was uncomfortable with how white people chuckled when the “N” word was said and when slaves were whipped. She said some even howled in laughter watching the black slave get smashed with the hammer and reveled in delight and fascination when Leo Dicaprio smeared blood in Kerry’s face.

    I would of felt like I was in the Twilight Zone sitting in that theater. I wouldn’t have come out sane if I had to sit through 2 hours of listening to white people laugh and the physical and verbal abuse of my people.

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  • Joy

    One word: Why?????!!!

  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val

    *wonders if all the all the good little Tarantino Negroes around here who love him so much will be running out to buy one of these dolls?*

  • B

    I function in a world with a healthy mistrust of white people. It has saved me a lot of trouble. So I had enough sense not to contribute monetarily to Django because white people never disappoint. I knew it was coming, I am just glad they didn’t get my money.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    you KNOW it…

  • adia

    My problem with the film is not violence its the fact that they have satirized and made a film about slavery into a spaghetti Western would they do this with the holocaust no. A film from historical point of view which shows the brutality of an awful period in black history done in a serious manner us educational why does this have to be turned into a comedy for people to understand my anger is to shock or for Tarantino to stay relevant he uses slavery black people as a subject

  • Old TImer

    Slave action figures, I thought I have seen it all, niggas will be hand over fist at the mall.

  • LadyP

    This is not unbelievable. As more time passes, seems as anything or a thought is being created as a diversion from the truth. We (if interested) in the truth just have to ensure that our history isn’t lost.

    On the Melissa Harris – Perry show, Khalil Muhammad was explaining how as each generation passes, African-Americans are further separated from our history. I think this was my greatest concern with Django. Now with the creation of these slave action figures, it’s added confirmation of our history’s deterioration. This really has gone too far in my opinion.

  • peasinapod

    He did the WW2/Holocaust movie called inglorius basterds. Alot of jewish people liked it. Taratino just does comedy/revenge films so im not really outraged.

  • Have you not seen Inglorious Bastards?

  • Terry tar doe

    I think everyone should own a slave.

  • B
  • dee

    It’s not surprising. In school black history is glossed over, except in february when you learn more about Dr.King, Harriet Tubman, maybe Malcolm X, and the Tuskegee Airmen.

    If your not taking black history classes in college or don’t bother to delve deeper into it the younger generation will just not know or even worse they’ll feel that’s all their is to black history.

    Like, I’m sure a lot of kids today couldn’t tell me who Carter G. Woodson is.

  • Amura02

    lol i love it!!! yes a black female loves it! I’m tired of people with all this political correctness! y not have a doll based on slave times? could we use them to teach slavery? y of course we can. ask ur kids what they think and i bet they would take the whole set. Y u ask? could it be because it was a kick ass movie! for slavery to be so traumatic people sure do like to limit the way knowledge of it spreads. My 6 yr old niece is interested in black cowboys off this movie. Now tell me how is that bad. They we are research black cowboys, never would have happened with out so, big props for people who are not limited in their thinking!

  • kelly

    i love it, we need more of this maybe more folk well become intreasted in our history and other story of black men in charge

  • http://gravatar.com/akasubliminal akasubliminal

    …sad that it takes a toy/doll to make some folks get interested in teaching their kids about slavery and black history. I guess next they should throw some fried chicken in there as well, maybe get Lil Wayne and Sprite to sponsor it?! YOU SEE WHERE I AM GOING WITH THIS? PICK UP A DAMN BOOK PEOPLE!!!! Watch a documentary like Hidden Colors or 500 Years Later.

    pS: and why does the Django doll look like R. Kelly? I’m just sayin’
    pSS: I actually liked the movie, but didn’t like that Jamie Foxx sounded like Shaft…he could have taken the role further had he truly reflected how folks talked during that period.

    WORD.

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