12:06 am - 01/09/2013

and here we go again....

Slavery-era action figures tied to Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained are raising questions about whether they’re appropriate.

A line of figures of the movie’s main characters are on sale online, manufactured by toy maker NECA in partnership with the Weinstein Co.

Najee Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, plans a news conference Tuesday with other Los Angeles black community leaders calling for the removal of the toys from the market.

Ali called the action figures “a slap in the face of our ancestors.”

“We were outraged,” said Ali, upon learning of the figures. “We feel that it trivializes the horrors of slavery and what African Americans experienced.”

The action figures are collectibles recommended for people older than 17. Tarantino has had such figures made for all of his films, including his last, Inglourious Basterds. That film, too, reveled in a revenge fantasy set in history — Nazi Germany.

The Weinstein Co. and NECA didn’t immediately comment Tuesday.

We feel that it trivializes the horrors of slavery and what African Americans experienced
Ali made clear his objections were not with the film “Django Unchained,” which he said he liked and had seen twice.

Though controversial in its unusual melding of historical atrocity and movie mayhem, “Django Unchained” has proven a hit at the box office, where it has earned $106.3 million since opening Christmas. It’s also been nominated for five Golden Globes.


i just came back from seeing django. i can't be the only person who rejoiced at the dudes getting shot in their dicks?!
fight_darling 9th-Jan-2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
really? I almost barfed when that man was getting torn apart by dogs.
bottom_line 9th-Jan-2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
That's what I meant when I said I saw it coming so I turned away
16_bit_goddess 9th-Jan-2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
I was actually surprised/pleased at the restraint he showed during that scene, cutting away and only showing flashes of what was happening...I mean it was still nauseating but that was because of the brutality of what was being done, imo, not because he showed the whole thing play out.
chrislola 24th-Jan-2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
yeah, i was glad he didn't choose to show it. it was better to focus on the character reactions rather than going for tasteless gore.
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