The “Django Unchained” film clocked in 100 million dollars in ticket sales. Cool, I’m not mad at that. I wasn’t a big fan of the film or what the film was about, but I had my reasons. This is one of the reasons why I had a problem with this film. I felt like it was one more step towards White American being able to claim that slavery was a “thing of the past” and now something that we can make light of. I predicted that a “Boondocks” style cartoon was going to come about and I’m sure that’s down the road. Right now, we have the action figures. Plastic versions of the movies main characters are now available for sale. So yes, you’re child can re-create scenes from the movie with their friends.
I’m not the only one who has a problem with this. Project Islamic Hope’s Najee Ali and a coalition of African America community leaders are concerned. They’re calling for a boycott of the “Djano Unchained” collectables. A press conference is set for tomorrow, Tuesday, January 8.
In a press release, NECA president Joel Weinshanker said the company was “very excited to bring the stellar cast of ‘Django’ to life and honored to be working with another Tarantino masterpiece.”
Well, to put it simply, Ali and community leaders are not excited the prospect of the “Django” cast being brought to life.
“Selling slaves as action figures is a slap in the face of our ancestors. Tarantino and Weinstein didn’t have action figures for their movie ” Inglorious Basterds” because they know the Jewish community would never allow it and the African-American community shouldn’t allow anyone to disrespect our ancestors,” stated Najee Ali, Director of Project Islamic Hope.
If you are in the Los Angeles area and would like to partake in the protest, here’s the information.
What (press conference): A coalition of civil rights and African-American community leaders are calling for a national boycott of the “Django Unchained” action figures.
When: Tuesday January 8th 2013
Where: Leimert Park 3415 W.43rd Place Los Angeles, CA 90043 (Crenshaw and Vernon)
Contact: Project Islamic Hope (Via Najee Ali: firstname.lastname@example.org