Already the film has caused controversary in some quarters. Director Spike Lee, who refuses to see the film, recently tweeted "American slavery was not a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. It was a holocaust. My ancestors are slaves stolen from Africa. I will honor them". In spite of this biting criticism, huge numbers of African Americans have laid down their money to see 'Django Unchained'. Without doubt, the movie's a hit at the American box office.
However, something sinister has recently emerged that I can't quite stomach. A set of officially approved "action figures" from the film have been made available to buy. These figures, which stand 8 inches tall, include Django (Jamie Foxx's character) and a 'house slave' called Stephen (played by Samuel L. Jackson). Several US civil rights leaders, including Rev. Al Sharpton have called for an outright boycott of these figures. A strong case was made that 'Django Unchained' is a film for adults, while action figures are aimed at children. The subject of slavery should not be made light. I am in total agreement.
The film makers claim these figures are just 'collectibles' for movie fans. I'm sorry, but that just doesn't pass the test for me. I believe Tarantino is no racist and (usually) has his heart in the right place, but surely he must have envisaged how this would look to his black audience. Did he really imagine any of them buying one of these 'toys'?!! Quentin, I'm still a fan, but I gotta say this is one step too far for me..........and I think you!