Django Unchained by Tarantino has been nominated for five Oscars, including Best Film, in spite of the bad critics for its portrayal of slavery. Now, Django Unchained has problems with some dolls for adults.
On Friday, the producers of the movie Django Unchained, the last work of Quentin Tarantino, ordered to stop the production of action figures based on the film nominated for five Oscars. Problem: the figures have been considered offensive to the African-American collective.
The 20cm action figures were for people over 17 years. They represent: Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave gunman; Broomhilda, his wife (Kerry Washington); the butler Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson); or the cruel owner of a plantation Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Although the dolls are for adults, it seems that children can like them. “Sell these dolls is highly offensive to our ancestors and to the African American community,” KW Tulloss, president of the National Action Network in Los Angeles, has said to the New York Daily News. “We do not want people use them to entertain or to make fun of slavery.”
On Friday, the Weinstein Company, producer of the movie Django Unchained (nominated for 5 Oscars), said in a statement that due to the reaction that had occurred with the theme of the dolls, they had ordered to stop production. “We have great respect for the audience and it was never our intention to offend anyone.”
Anyway, producers also indicated that they had manufactured dolls for all Tarantino’s previous films, including Inglourious Basterds in 2009.
From the beginning, Django Unchained has been criticized for its portrayal of slavery and violence. Despite the controversy, the film has five Oscar nominations, including Best Movie and since its release on December 25, 2012, it has grossed nearly 130 million dollars (about 97 million euros) in theaters in the U.S. and Canada.
See also the official site: http://unchainedmovie.com/