Black leaders are in an uproar about recently released action figures modeled after the enslaved characters inDjango Unchained. On Jan 8th a conference was held by African American and civil rights community leaders announcing a boycott of the sale of the collectible dolls. Director of Project Islamic Hope Najee Ali stated:
“Selling slaves as action figures is a slap in the face of our ancestors, [Quentin] Tarantino and [Harvey] Weinstein didn’t have action figures for their movie Inglourious Basterds because they know the Jewish community would never allow it and the African-American community shouldn’t allow anyone to disrespect our ancestors.”
While many find the dolls, which are on sale for $300, insulting, representatives from the National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc. (NECA) were proud to announce the product line earlier this fall.