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Disrespectful or Not? Django Producers Release Slave Action Figures

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Is it offensive or just part of the business model?  That’s for every individual to judge.  But it’s probably not going to sit well that after the success of the recent Quentin Tarantino film, “Django Unchained,” corporations are seeking to make a profit by offering action figures from the film.  Karu F. Daniels at The Daily Beast writes about the new action figures, which are going to fatten the pockets of both Tarantino and his business partner, Harvey Weinstein.

The National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc. (NECA) has offered a list of products, including eight action figures, some of which are slave characters in the film.  The figures are the ones played by actors Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Remar and Christoph Waltz.

It’s easy to say that the existence of action figures does not mean that the directors were seeking to be disrespectful of slavery.  After all, the figures represent the most prominent characters in the film and most good filmmakers are going to seek to profit from their business ventures.  At the same time, some things are considered sacred, and slavery is one of them.  Making a profit in this way only adds fuel to the fire for those who already question the motives of the filmmakers.   Maybe for this one, they could have shelved the action figures.  This was a film about slavery, it wasn’t Star Wars.

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