Controversy continues to surround 's latest, Django Unchained. A recently released set of action figures depicting the main characters from the movie, including 's gun slinging hero Django and 's "house slave" Stephen, have attracted criticism from black activists.
Najee Ali, director of the Los Angeles civil rights organisation Project Islamic Hope, wants the merchandise removed from the market, calling them "...a slap in the face of our ancestors."
Talking to AP (via The Guardian), Ali said:
We were outraged. We feel it trivialises the horrors of slavery and what African Americans experienced.
This is a obviously a very sensitive subject, and I can see why people have reacted so strongly toward these toys being on the market. That being said, these figures are aimed at the adult market, and I don't see a huge problem wanting to own a collectible from a movie that you've really enjoyed.
The action figures have been produced by the the National Entertainment Collectibles Association, who have also produced figures for The Hunger Games and Rocky, and are available online at sites like Amazon.
What do you guys think about these action figures? Do they trivialize slavery or are they simply a nice collectors item for what was another great Tarantino movie? Let me know what you think in the comments below.