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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?

  • 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

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