Los Angeles News
"Django Unchained" Dolls Spur Controversy
By Katherine Noland
Jan 9, 2013 - 11:14:02 AM

LOS ANGELES—The recent release of “Django Unchained” action dolls has spurred controversy, and is being denounced by many leaders in the African-American community and other activists.

 

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Django and Professor Shultz in "Django Unchained"

Despite its number of fans, Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” has ignited high volumes of negative responses, notably from director Spike Lee, due to its use of the “N” word and questionable historical accuracy. The release of action figure dolls depicting characters from the movie have now sparked outrage by some.

 

At a news conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 8, activist Naji Ali, director of “Project Islamic Hope,” stated that despite enjoying the film itself, he is against the commercialization of the time of history that the movie highlights. He also made the comparison of “Django” to Tarantino’s film “Inglorious Bastards,” noting the inappropriateness of the hypothetical sale of Jewish Holocaust victim dolls and Hitler dolls. Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network is also calling for a national boycott of the dolls


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Django's controversial collectors doll

Produced by the manufacturer National Entertainment Collectibles Association and Weinstein Co., the 6 available 8” dolls include characters Django, Broomhilda, Dr. Shultz, Candie, Stephen and Butch. They are being sold separately on Amazon for $29.99 apiece, with the exception of main character Django who meets the price of $39.99.

 

The film has racked over $108 million domestically, and is up for five Golden Globe Awards.

 



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