LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Action figures associated with the Quentin Tarantino film “Django Unchained” are proving as polarizing as the film itself.
The 10 dolls depicting the movie’s main characters are available online.
The Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network has called for a national boycott of the action figures, which black community leaders say are offensive.
At a news conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, activists including Naji Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, denounced the dolls.
“I actually enjoyed the movie, but we cannot support this type of commercialization,” Ali said.
“I don’t see them making dolls of Holocaust survivors who are bald and starving in concentration camps,” he said, referring to Tarantino’s Nazi-era film “Inglorious Basterds.”
There is already a petition on Change.org asking Tarantino to immediately stop the sale and distribution of the dolls.
Doll manufacturer National Entertainment Collectibles Association and the Weinstein Co. have not commented.
“Django Unchained” has already been the subject of criticism over it’s graphic violence and frequent use of the N-word.
Still, it has been a hit at the box office, with over $108 million accumulated domestically. It has also garnered five Golden Globe nominations.