The controversy surrounding the slavery theme of “Django Unchained” still hasn’t stopped nearly a month after the movie was released Stateside. On Friday, January 18, producers of the movie ordered to stop the production of action figures based on the Quentin Tarantino-directed Western pic following criticisms that those toys were offending the African-Americans.
Previously, a number of African-American groups blasted the Oscar-nominated movie for depicting slavery and violence. Among those attacking the film was Al Sharpton’s National Action Network president K.W. Tulloss, who told New York Times, “Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African-American community.”
The movie is for adults, but these are action figures that appeal to children,” Tullos claimed. “We don’t want other individuals to utilize them for their entertainment, to make a mockery of slavery.
Responding to the criticism, the producing company of “Django”, The Weinstein Co., released a statement Friday, saying it had ordered to halt the production of the dolls. “We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intent to offend anyone,” it explained.