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Disrespectful or Not? Django Producers Release Slave Action Figures

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Is it offensive or just part of the business model?  That’s for every individual to judge.  But it’s probably not going to sit well that after the success of the recent Quentin Tarantino film, “Django Unchained,” corporations are seeking to make a profit by offering action figures from the film.  Karu F. Daniels at The Daily Beast writes about the new action figures, which are going to fatten the pockets of both Tarantino and his business partner, Harvey Weinstein.

The National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc. (NECA) has offered a list of products, including eight action figures, some of which are slave characters in the film.  The figures are the ones played by actors Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Remar and Christoph Waltz.

It’s easy to say that the existence of action figures does not mean that the directors were seeking to be disrespectful of slavery.  After all, the figures represent the most prominent characters in the film and most good filmmakers are going to seek to profit from their business ventures.  At the same time, some things are considered sacred, and slavery is one of them.  Making a profit in this way only adds fuel to the fire for those who already question the motives of the filmmakers.   Maybe for this one, they could have shelved the action figures.  This was a film about slavery, it wasn’t Star Wars.

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38 comments

  1. What is sad ..besides corporate America and Americans not understanding want vs need is what we are teaching our children ,our future generation that also need to then teach a future generation .. Maybe we should stop teaching them to be better than their peers and teach them to help their peers be better, maybe we should start teaching them to be humbled by little things and give no attention to things that have no bearing on humbling anything , maybe we need to accept all of our past the good as well as the bad and allow it to do what it should do ,teach us to love,admire,respect and deeply feel for one another with compassion. Maybe we are here to know their stories not to point fingers but to embrace change that was,that is,that will be and most important that we expect from a well taught generation who understands we are all learning and improving a world that was after handed down from others who walked in their own shoes. Its time we walked in ours. (The action figures while in bad taste are a product of “productivity”. we send our kids out into the world (a world where only money matters) then we shake our heads when its not what we expected.. Not everyone can have that “bright popular” idea and in todays time we pray its not the illegal route .So what should we do? Don’t Buy It!!!.. We have come a long way we pay too much for things we don’t need maybe focus on getting Our society back to understanding we need to adapt,learn and most importantly know that being ” politically correct” on any level is NOT the answer!!

  2. Whoever thought this was a good idea needs to be beat like a slave! Like a run a way slave! Hunted down with dogs! Why are we the only race that is seen as okay to not only demean us but to make money off demeaning us!

  3. Get your slave action figures while supplies last! This is highly offensive, yet some black folks won't think so. Blacks folks need to wake up! Stop being in denial all the time. Stop sitting around and letting people exploit us.

    • That's why I didn't pay one dime to see this movie. I knew this movie was going to exploit black folks and I was right. Black folks didn't want to listen to me though. I even voiced my opinion about this movie on this site so many times.

  4. While, I'm not a fan of the action figures (I can just see little white boys having the time of their lives with this in a bad way) I think you're wrong about what the movie is about. It's not a film about slavery. It's a film set against the backdrop of slavery. It's a film about a man going to save his woman. For all anyone cares, it could've been set during the Holocaust, but Tarintino did that with Inglorious Basterds (and made action figures for, nullifying Gene and Abdul's comment about not making Nazi figures). He also isn't the first to make a slave doll (see the American Girl series). So while, I won't be purchasing one, it's not out of Tarintino's character, nor is he trying to be disrespectful to slaver or anyone's culture. What he's actually doing is historic preservation.

  5. That's why I love technology of today, you can now get a glimspe of who is on point and realize the psychological warfare we are engaged in.You also get to hear from the idiotic traitors that think it is hip and ok.The real enemy is the ignorant chumps that support the destruction of the image of black people.Damn COONS.

  6. Another sad but predictable action on the part of hollywood producers both black and white who have little or no respect for our ancestors and our history. I say predictable because what do we really expect when we refuse to use our own money to make our own films about our own people. Speilberg and hollywood would not allow other people to make Shindlers list, and I dont blame them. The blood and suffering of their ancestors is too sacred, as is ours, we just don’t accept it as such. We are being untrue to our ancestors and to our spirit, Dr. King once said “he who lives in spiritual untruth, lives in spiritual slavery”. When will these black hollywood actors and clebrities stop being so greedy and cowardly and invest some of their millions to tell the stories of their own people. Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington, Halley Berry, Eddie Murphy, Will Smith all are paid millions of dollars per film, yet they sit around and wait for other folks to tell our story, isn’t it ironic that several of the recent major hollywood films about black life were produced by whites, such as; The Help, Red Tails, Lincoln, the latter clearly omitted any mention of Abraham Lincolns severest critic and one of the most famous abolitionist of the time, Frederick Douglas. I am glad to see so many conscious African Americans respond to this issue of slave dolls, were is the response and outcry from the African American stars, the token black producer, why are they not objecting? Frederick Douglas said after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed “I wonder what the new form of slavery will be?. I think it’s quite clear, 2 Chains-the mental and the money chain. Heaven help us all. Peace

  7. What is this world coming to? Action figures from a slave movie? The idea is vile and insensitive. What has become of our society? Just disturbing that anyone would even think about manufacturing something like this? It wouldn’t sell.

  8. When QT injected humor in this movie, toys was the next logical step. All I kept reading and hearing was how good this movie was, how it was nice that a little humor was in it. What the hell could possibly be funny about slavery? Now I want Dr. Watkins to write an article titled ‘3 reasons I play with toy slaves’.

  9. If Jamie Foxx or Kerry Washington does not have an issue with this, then I have issues with them from now on. It is one thing to do this film to tell history, but what on earth are you selling toy slave figures? What is the reason for this other than to make a profit off of a travesty.

  10. This is DEF NOT OK…like someone said above action figures are for “pretend play”, how do u think young children are gonna play out these actors? Not a good look…AND why are they were so anxious to capitalize on the film when Tarantino tries to act like he’s not about all that stuff?? And lastly, when Samuel Jackson played in Star Wars, you could barely find one of his action figures…but all the other Jedi characters were readily available. I find it difficult to believe they would move so quickly to make thess characters if not for the roll of slave that they did play…OPEN UR EYES PEOPLE AND C THE HYPOCRISY AND INEVITABLE RACIST ACTS THAT WILL BE “PLAYED” BY AMERICA’S CHILDREN WITH THESE TOYS…STRONGLY VOICE DIS-SATISFACTION NOW B4 THEY BEGIN PRODUCTION!!

  11. It will be very offensive to do toys of any kind. NO, NO!

  12. I don't find it tasteless at all. I loved the movie and that was life or some form of it back then, I enjoyed every minute. If there are people who take offense why don't you do your own rendition and let's see your ideas – instead of raining on someones else's parade – have your own!

  13. This is highly offensive. There are successful films about the Holocaust, such as Inglorious Bastards, The Reader, or Schindler’s List. No producer decided it was a great idea to have toys of these characters so well do it for a film about slavery? I will not defend such blatant disrespect for a brutal, vile history my ancestors experience in this country.

  14. Although I enjoyed the movie and found it oscar worthy, this is taking it to far. I find it offensive to make a mockery out of slaves as toys. As others have stated you don't see action figures from the holocaust. Whenever I think of action figures, I think of characters that are ficticious. Such as Superman, Hercules, Spiderman and others. Unfortunately, slavery was real. Therefore, I think its insensitive and they should have reconsidered the hearts and minds of REAL black people before they proceeded with this project. This is just my personal opinion.

  15. I think it's kind of fly to be honest. The only problem I have is we as black people are not the creators. The man is still making all the loot.

  16. Quentin Tarantino, has made a boatload of money, using the word "nigger" in his movies. He is a pimp of the lowest order! I would never spend my hard earned money to support this clown. Let him make a movie about his people, he can use the to beword "wop" all day long if he wants. I find it sickening that A list black actors would allow themselves to be used by the likes of him!!!

  17. I thought the film trivialised slavery. Action dolls? You've got to be kidding.

  18. Now this is too much! Action figures are used for "pretend play" where the child can imagine the role of the action figure & how they would react. I understand some adults collect action figures & can appreciate the gravity of slavery but the intended audience of children, not so much. Once again greed overrides common sense. It is disrespectful & unacceptable. Any store that carries the dolls should be boycotted. Just because you can sell something doesn't mean you should.

  19. Hey black folks, everyone makes a dime on our backs. Check ya history and present(Arabs own all gas stations and grocery stores in the hood) . I have a coworker that orders figurines from a site called BLACK AMERICANA. Its mammies, sambos, porch monkeys and such! I did not and do not need to put that image of a wretched past on my mantles but I didn't pay to see that movie either. I'm not easily swayed by mainstream propaganda like a lot of my contemporaries ..so if u paid for that movie, pay for the dolls. Keep helping the one brother producer and the manufacturer get fat! ! Pitiful.

  20. I know KneeGrowz, its just a toy so we don't mine. We want to be the first to have holocaust (slavery) action figures to buy in abundance, smdh.

  21. I know KnowGrowz, its just a toy so we don't mine. We want to be the first to have holocaust (slavery) action figures to buy in abundance, smdh!!!

    • This is highly offensive. There are successful films about the Holocaust, such as Inglorious Bastards, The Reader, or Schindler’s List. No producer decided it was a great idea to have toys of these characters so well do it for a film about slavery? I will not defend such blatant disrespect for a brutal, vile history my ancestors experienced in this country!!!

  22. Here we go not only did they make a movie like this but now the action figures are coming out , and still some black folks see nothing wrong with this.

  23. I disagree. "Slave" action figures? REALLY? SERIOUSLY? Are you Negroes that dense to accept this mess? The ONLY way a black man finds slave action figures "acceptable" is if he/she has NO depth on the atrocities that occurred during the TransAtlantic Slave Trade.

  24. I collect toys. I can assure you this is no different than any other movie who has made figures from its characters. movies like Kill Bill, Rocky, Rambo, etc… the figures are more so about the actor than anything.

  25. I didn't find the Django film offensive at all and quite Brilliant of a movie and didn't notice the excessive use of the N' word cause of the quick vengeance by the character Django on mostly all the Slave Master's that use that word. I've seen many Slave movie's like Mandingo and Goodbye Uncle Tom that would make a person depressed after seeing the brutality of enslavement. The form of the Django movie dolls look to be of standard and Doesn't break any rules. I could image if the doll's were with shackles and chains on their wrist and ankles offensive, but the one's that are show on this article is of good character.

  26. hELL NO, WHY DON'T WE SELL NAZI FIGURINES AND THINGS. nO, Iam not down with it. it is making a mockery of our history.

  27. Not really, its just figurines of actors although, it would be nice to have REAL figurines of my ancestors. I'd love to have a collectors items of my ancestors. I would purchase them because its part of our heredity and we deserve something that is priceless of them other than the history.

  28. Not really, its just figurines of actors although, it would be nice to have REAL figurines of my ancestors. I'd love to have a collectors items of my ancestors. I would purchase them but its part of our heredity and we deserve something that is priceless of them other than the history.

  29. Not really, its just figurines of actors although, it would be nice to have REAL figures of my ancestors. I'd love to have a collectors items of my ancestors. I would purchase them but its part of our heredity and we deserve something that is priceless of them other than the history.

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