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    As a child, I often saw World War II military and politcal characters in toy form. I don't remember there being a Hitler, but there were certainly lots of German soldiers, as well as the Americans and the Brits - and presumably those from other Nations too, if I only knew at the time how to recognise them.

    These Holocaust-adjacent playtime fantasies were never considered controversial. Perhaps they should have been. It's certainly a complex issue.

    And so there have, almost inevitably, been complaints about NECA's Django Unchained dolls, representing characters from the film - and therefore the conflicts of American slavery. The complaints against the dolls included a call for a boycott from the Rev. Al Sharpton'sNational Action Network.

    There are several things that set these dolls apart from the War ones I was recalling above. Two key points, though, are that they're tied into a specific, fictional narrative; and that they were never marketed at children, but at older collectors. Of course, it's 2013 now, not 1978.

    The Weinsteins have responded to the protests and issued the following statement today:
    In light of the reaction to the Django Unchained action figures, we are removing them from distribution. We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intentto offend anyone.

    Theywere meant to be collectibles for people 17 years and older, which is the audience for the film.
    I'd be curious to know what Tarantino's take on this is. I'm sure he can empathise with the collector mindset that would make these dolls desirable, and he's definitely got a political position on slavery - as is abundantly clear in the film.

    I had a quick look on eBay and I can't see a single one of these figures listed though Amazon marketplace sellers have set their stock at some properly comical levels.

    Yeah, good luck with that one, prospectors.

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    The complaints against the dolls included a call for a boycott from the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network.
    Now is Al Sharpton calling for the boycott or just his origination? Beusse there is a difference.

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    Amazon Marketplace sellers are insane idiots. I love seeing something listed on there for a grand when you can also get it used in the same listing for under a dollar. No connection with reality whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawnelldo View Post
    Now is Al Sharpton calling for the boycott or just his origination? Beusse there is a difference.
    The organisation, I believe. As I said.

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    What will be interesting is seeing if the $200 asian versions get released at this point (not due until March-ish from Enterbay). Noticing lots of US sellers who had been taking preorders (and were still selling NECA figs) have now changed all Django listings to "Preorder-sold out". Surely they can't think that $200 figures that'll never be sold in toy stores are no threat to society? And why aren't they up in arms about other Django products, like the soundtrack? Oh right, because that wouldn't get headlines.

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    It's not a gollywog, what a bunch of over sensitive idiots
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    'Amazon marketplace sellers have set their stock at some properly comical levels.'

    Yep. Holy crap. Hahahaha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawnelldo View Post
    Now is Al Sharpton calling for the boycott or just his origination? Beusse there is a difference.
    ...If Fat Albert is calling for a boycott, that's probably the best reason to keep them on the shelves *and* put orders in for restocking. Al's no champion for civil rights, he's a chump just looking to masturbate his own ego.
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    The proper way to remember history, to discuss art, and to think about entertainment is to censor it. If a couple people don't agree with something everyone else should bend to their will and do and believe what they say. Such a joke, such an immense joke -- too bad it's not funny because here we are living our lives in America under the same rules of Communist China and Nazi Germany. Too bad Spike Lee didn't direct this movie, then we'd have a tie in with McDonald's Happy Meals 0-:-P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top Ten Jesus View Post
    The proper way to remember history, to discuss art, and to think about entertainment is to censor it. If a couple people don't agree with something everyone else should bend to their will and do and believe what they say. Such a joke, such an immense joke -- too bad it's not funny because here we are living our lives in America under the same rules of Communist China and Nazi Germany. Too bad Spike Lee didn't direct this movie, then we'd have a tie in with McDonald's Happy Meals 0-:-P
    There's something worse...whining americans who clearly don't get the difference between some toys being pulled off shelves and real suffering like the total lack of free speech in China and millions of deaths in WWII.
    Get a sense of proportion! No...it's NOT a slippery slope and this is NOT 'how it starts'. Please don't parade your ignorance of real history.

    And before you start whining about 'liberals' and 'political correctness', I agree! I liked the movie, and this is an over-reaction, but shrieking like the morons on Fox News does the argument NO GOOD.
    Lee and Sharpton's group are equally allowed to have their opinion...rather than reaching for the intellectually lazy option - 'Hitler', try making a reasoned argument about context

    ...and another thing...are you or anyone here, a descendent of slaves? Who are you to say they have no right to be upset? Why is your right to have toys more important than their right to be offended?
    Do you realise how ridiculous it is to make an argument about censorship and 'remembering history' when the 'art' in question is a total fantasy version and only 'accurate' in certain aspects?

    Yes there should be room for creative alternative histories but are none of you guys able to also pause and consider that some people might not be as comfortable about slave 'superhero figures' as you are?

    I do agree.. Tarantino fully understands the cruelty and inhumanity of suffering, and has a right to express it! - but nor does that mean that people who only a generation or so ago had direct experience of it
    are necessarily being 'over sensitive'..even if you think Sharpe doesn't represent them!

    Not everyone has to love Tarantino's revisionist cartoon fantasies of events that were pretty fucking real to some people.

    All i am saying is that is more complex than 'pc liberals took my toys away like Hitler and now the gubment is trying to control my life'.

    Shrieking will not get your toys back on the shelves, it'll only make you sound as unhinged as you think they are..
    Last edited by hammerstein; 01-19-2013 at 12:22 AM.

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