Django unboxed: Doll tie-ins from Tarantino movie Django Unchained pulled from sale
Sunday 27 January 2013
If there was ever a set of toys worthy of the tag "not suitable for children" then it would have to be the official merchandise produced in conjunction with Quentin Tarantino's much-lauded spaghetti Western-meets-blaxploitation epic Django Unchained.
The dolls depict the film's main characters: revenge-seeking freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx), bounty hunter Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and brutal slave owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), none of whom would be particularly comforting to snuggle up in bed with.
Following criticism from civil-rights groups, production of the dolls was swiftly brought to a standstill by film producers the Weinstein Company, but they could still be found being sold at massively inflated prices on eBay – some going for thousands of dollars. Last week, however, eBay also made the decision to block sales of the dolls, stating they were "in violation of eBay's offensive-materials policy".
But despite the dolls being withdrawn, the film which inspired them continues to show in cinemas. For Andrea Plaid, associate editor of Racialicious, a US blog that looks at the relationship between race and popular culture, this is because toys quite literally "play with slavery".
"It's one thing for an adult to spend money to see a racially insensitive film. The assumption is an adult has the capacity to understand it is historical fiction.
"But a toy is viewed as something to give a child who is developing their understanding of the world. I suspect the toys, and their associations with children, became a controversy that the film studio just really didn't want to get into."
MusicThe band accidentally called Londoners the C-word
Film 'I've never been comfortable on-screen', she says
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Exodus Gods and Kings: Ridley Scott never considered casting 'Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such' in lead role
- 2 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 3 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
- 5 Michael Buerk wishes he'd killed Jimmy Savile when he had the chance - by pushing him overboard a cruise ship
I'm A Celebrity 2014: Jungle security stepped up after murder and 'suspicious death' close to camp
Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
Exodus Gods and Kings: Ridley Scott never considered casting 'Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such' in lead role
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
The Fall, series 2, episode 3 – TV review: It’s starting to push the realms of plausibility, but who cares?
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
Ed Miliband's 'north London set' must be demolished to save Labour, say critics