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But despite the dolls being withdrawn, the film which inspired them continues to show in cinemas.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."
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Michelle Watt's father says TV presenter killed herself because she was in constant pain
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 San Francisco TV news crew attacked by armed robbers during live broadcast
- 4 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly
- 5 Miami defendant sobs in court as he realises he and the judge attended the same school
Bad luck, One Direction: Paul McCartney doubts success of The Beatles will ever be matched again
This is surely the best way to watch Jaws
The Crystal Maze: Richard O’Brien confirmed to return as more details revealed about show's rebooted format
Guillaume Tell's gang-rape scene caused uproar at the Royal Opera House – but the portrayal of extreme sex and violence on stage is nothing new
Britain's best outdoor cinemas to visit this summer from Somerset House to Luna Cinema
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture