A line of “Django Unchained” action figures has sparked controversy, as it should. The movie, in which the N-word is used 109, has made a lot of money at the box office, but it has sparked a great deal of controversy over its slavery theme. There is no other way to characterize these action figures as disgraceful. Can you imagine if someone made a mockery of the Holocaust with action figures?
NECA is selling the eight-inch action figures with tailored clothing, weapons, and accessories in the likeness of characters played by Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Remar and Christoph Waltz. The dolls are on sale at Amazon.com starting from $29.99 up to $44.99. Here’s a review for one of the action-figures at Amazon.com:
Here’s an interesting take from The Daily Beast on the ‘Django Unchained’ action figures:
“This doll shit is crazy,” talent manager, filmmaker, and fashion industry doyenne Bethann Hardison told The Daily Beast. “But Quentin Tarantino believes in what he’s got and it seems he is not believing anything less.”
After repeated attempts to get someone to go on record about the collection, NECA spokesperson Leonardo Saraceni declined to make anyone available, would not comment and referred all queries to the Weinstein Company. No one at the Weinstein Company was available for comment by deadline and no one responded to questions posed.
Admitting that at first glance he thought the dolls to be just a piece of memorabilia, noted black film critic Tim Gordon, also citing Jamie Foxx unveiling the trailer of the movie during the recent Soul Train Awards telecast, noticed “there were a lot of things that were done for Django that would’ve never been done for Inglourious Basterds … but people don’t speak up. People have gotten so — I don’t know if the word is comfortable or naïve. We just want to go along to get along and it’s very frustrating.”