On Friday, the producers of Django Unchained the latest Quentin Tarantino movie ordered a halt to all the production of the action figures that are based on the slavery movie following criticism they were offensive. The dolls, eight-inches in height, were intended for people 17 years of age and older and included Django, the freed slave, his wife and Candie the cruel plantation owner.
Some African-Americans have attacked the movie for the way it has portrayed slavery and for the violence it contains. Despite the amount of controversy surrounding the movie, it has been nominated for best picture and four other Oscars.
National Action Network, which is run by Al Sharpton a civil rights leader, was among several groups that have criticized the figures. A member of the Network said that selling the action figures was highly offensive to the African American community’s ancestors.
The company that produced the critically acclaimed movie, The Weinstein Co. said on Friday that it had ordered the production stopped for the action dolls in light of the way people have reacted to them. The company said it respected their audience and was never their intent to offend.
Producers said that these action figures were made for each one for Tarantino’s previous films including the 2009 fantasy hit Inglourious Basterds.
Django Unchained stars Leonardo Di Caprio, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz and has earned over $130 million in North America since its December 25 release.