Re-imagining the slave narrative should be left to the professionals. That was the word Friday when the Weinstein Co. announced that it has asked toymaker NECA to discontinue the "Django Unchained" action figure dolls after receiving complaints that the dolls were offensive and trivialized the horrors of slavery.
According to the studio, action figures for all of Tarantino's films have been made, including those for "Inglourious Basterds," which featured figurines of Christoph Waltz as Nazi Col. Hans Landa and Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine.
The "Django" figurines, which feature 8-inch versions of plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), slave-turned-freeman Django (Jamie Foxx), dentist-turned-bounty-hunter Dr. King Schultz (Waltz), house servant Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson) and slave Broomhilda von Shaft (Kerry Washington), were produced as a matter of course.
The Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network declared the dolls offensive and called for a national boycott of them, while Naji Ali, director of the civil rights organization Project Islamic Hope, called for their removal in a news conference: "I actually enjoyed the movie, but we cannot support this type of commercialization."