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Django Unchained Action Figures Spark Controversy, Black Leaders Calling For Boycott

Submitted by on January 10, 2013 – 1:35 pmOne Comment

Recently released action figures depicting the characters played by Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kerry Washington in the Quentin Tarantino-directed blockbuster Django Unchained have sparked outrage among black community leaders. According to RadarOnline:

“The action figures, manufactured by toy maker National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) went on sale this week on Amazon.com.

They range in price from $29.99 to $34.99, for the more high profile characters.

African-American activist Najee Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, held a news conference Tuesday in Los Angeles where he called the toys ‘a slap in the face of our ancestors.‘”

Reportedly, Al Sharpton and other leaders in the black community have joined Ali in calling for a boycott of the toys. The Django-themed toy line also features six other figures depicting the movie’s other main characters. Despite all of the controversy surrounding Django, including  denunciation by Spike Lee, the film has already grossed over $108 million domestically.

What do you think of the toys? Do you think they’re are offensive, or are people taking them way too seriously?

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