From director Quentin Tarantino‘s comments to its “overuse” of the N-word and now these action figures, it seems like we can’t stop talking about Django: Unchained.
Haven’t heard about the action figures? On amazon.com, they are selling between $26 and $50. For that price, you too can have your own Shultz or Stephen from the movie. At first thought, I wondered could the action figures really be that bad? But when you read some of the comments on the website,
Nothing playful about the brutality of slavery. This is disgraceful and an insanely insensitive way to make a profit from human tragedy. (MelStaysFit)
I do not know where to begin with this. Although I thought the movie was good however I’m not seeing a reason or purpose behind the dolls that have been eloquently described as action figures…wow. Are they collectibles? What would be the price on a history that is priceless, how do you place a price tag on something like this?!?!? Quite insulting. Goes to show anybody would do anything for a profit. (Naturally68)
Now because of it, according to EURWeb, there is going to be a press conference in Los Angeles yesterday, calling for a boycott of the action figures.
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“Selling slaves as action figures is a slap in the face of our ancestors. Tarantino and Weinstein didn’t have action figures for their movie ” Inglorious Basterds” because they know the Jewish community would never allow it and the African-American community shouldn’t allow anyone to disrespect our ancestors,” stated Najee Ali, Director of Project Islamic Hope.
I most certainly see everyone’s point. Why would this movie have action figures or dolls in the first place? But then you have to look at the other side where movies with a hero — and is Django not one? — normally have action figures once a movie is released.
Controversy abound, Django is on track to be one of Tarantino’s biggest films to date. And for those who claim they won’t support the movie because it’s inauthentic portrayal of slaves, Amistad, when released back in 1997, made $44 million at the box office. Django at this current time has made almost double that. On Christmas Day when it was released, 42 percent of the audience was black according to exit poll data found on Grio.
Someone has to like the controversy. Right?
This isn’t a based on a true story movie, but the conditions in he film are based on fact. Technically, it is a western with slave characters. Does this make a difference?
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