Black leaders are in an uproar about recently released action figures modeled after the enslaved characters in Django Unchained.
Today in Los Angeles, a press conference will be held by African American and civil rights community leaders announcing a boycott of the sale of the collectible dolls.
“Selling slaves as action figures is a slap in the face of our ancestors," said Director of Project Islamic Hope, Najee Ali. "[Quentin] Tarantino and [Harvey] Weinstein didn’t have action figures for their movie Inglourious Basterds because they know the Jewish community would never allow it and the African-American community shouldn’t allow anyone to disrespect our ancestors.”
Filmmaker Spike Lee, who takes issue with Quentin’s frequent use of the N-word, first voiced a similar point of view and promised that he would not see the movie, which stars Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.
While many find the dolls, which are on sale for $300, insulting, representatives from the National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc. (NECA) were proud to announce the product line earlier this fall.
“We’re very excited to bring the stellar cast of Django to life and honored to be working with another Tarantino masterpiece,” said NECA President, Joel Weinshanker, in a press release.
There are six collectibles available for nearly $300 on Amazon. Would you buy an action figure, or do you think the boycott is necessary?