Dolls made in the likeness of the characters in the slave film Django Unchained have been discontinued. The figurines were pegged as “action figures,” and led to a public outcry calling for them to stop being sold.
Sources connected to the toy production tell us … shortly after advocacy groups like Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope spoke out against the figurines … the Weinstein Company (which produced the film) reached out to the toy company and told them to put the kibosh on the toy line ASAP.
We’re told the toy company agreed, insisting they never intended to offend anyone … and halted production immediately.Sources tell us … the toymakers only released somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 dolls before shutting down production.
Retailing for $299 on Amazon.com the dolls were meant for collectors rather than children. Django Unchained has been plagued by controversy over its content, including the use of the “n-word” which is said more than 100 times. Director, Quentin Tarantino, brushed off the critiques explaining that given the time period in which the film is set, the racial epithet is fitting. “If somebody is out there actually saying when it comes to the word ‘ni**er,’ the fact that I was using it in the movie more than it was being used in the antebellum South in Mississippi, then feel free to make that case,” he said after winning a Gloden Globe award in the Best Screenplay category. “They are saying I should lie, that I should whitewash, that I should massage, and I never do that when it comes to my characters.”