Toy-makers accused of disrespecting African American history with figurines
The manufacture of action figures of the characters from Django Unchained has been stopped after complaints from civil rights activists.
The eight-inch tall toys have already been criticised by advocacy groups such as Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope, but further complaints from activists prompted The Weinstein Company, who produced the Quentin Tarantino-directed film, told toy-makers to cease making the toys.
Three of the six toys on sale were of slave characters Stephen, Broomhilda and eponymous hero Django. The film, which stars Jamie Foxx, has already been criticised for trivialising slavery, as well as its depiction of gun violence.
According to TMZ, around 1,000 of the toys made it off the production line.
Mr Najee Ali of the Los Angeles based Project Islamic Hope, who also staged a protest of the film outside last weekend’s Golden Globes ceremony, said: “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.”
Tarantino recently made waves by reacting badly to questioning by Channel 4 News’ Krishnan Guru-Murthy. He refused to answer his inquiry about the links between film and real-life violence and coined the already infamous phrase “I’m shutting your butt down”.
Watch the interview below.