Popular online auction website eBay has reportedly banned Django Unchained movie dolls, weeks after the toys maker ceased its production.
eBay decided to ban the products from its website, ultimately removing any connections for getting the offensive products into people’s hands.
Don’t count on finding one of those discontinued “Django Unchained” slave toys on eBay any time soon — TMZ has learned, the action figures have now been banned from the auction website. After the toy company halted production, the toys began to pop up on eBay as “rare” collectibles … and bids skyrocketed. But last night, all the listings for the “Django” toys were yanked from the website — and eBay explained itself to sellers with an email, saying, “Since the manufacturer of this product has discontinued the item’s sale due to its potentially offensive nature, we are not allowing it to be sold on eBay.” (TMZ)
Earlier this month, reports of the slave-themed toys becoming available for purchase surfaced online.
Academy Award-winner Quentin Tarantino is laughing all the way to the bank this week. The controversial film auteur and his longtime studio chief-partner Harvey Weinstein took a gamble on transforming the atrocities of American slavery into comedic, action-packed entertainment. And the new movie, Django Unchained, which opened Christmas day, bested the glitzy Les Miserables at the box office with numbers indicating that the flick could do as well as, or maybe even better than Tarantino’s top-grossers Inglourious Basterds ($120 million) and Pulp Fiction ($107 million). And to build on the Django momentum, there’s an entire product line to compliment the Jamie Foxx-fronted spaghetti western/slave revolt/action drama/fantasy tale. (The Daily Beast)
The toy debate comes weeks after Django Unchained star Jamie Foxx lashed out over moviemaker Spike Lee publicly slamming his new flick.
Foxx has his phone in his hand and his cap on his head, the peak twisted off-centre so that it points to two-o’clock. I’m barely through the door when he’s returning fire, defending the film for all that he’s worth. “The question for me is: where’s Spike Lee coming from?” he says. “He didn’t like Whoopi Goldberg, he doesn’t like Tyler Perry, he doesn’t like anybody, I think he’s sort of run his course. I mean, I respect Spike, he’s a fantastic director. But he gets a little shady when he’s taking shots at his colleagues without looking at the work. To me, that’s irresponsible.” (The Guardian)
Recently, New York rap veteran Talib Kweli weighed in on the popular debate.
“The word ‘N*gga’ in the movie Django Unchained was perfect — when you’re having arguments and people are weighing in on social networks, what the actual argument is gets lost. Spike Lee, even though he’s had problems in the past with Quentin using the word ‘N*gga’ in his films, in Reservoir Dogs, in Pulp Fiction, that was never his issue with this film. He never said, ‘My issue is…’ People assumed that was his issue. His issue was, ‘Slavery was, to my ancestors, such an important topic that if you’re going to make a film about it, it needs to be treated as serious subject matter.” (Hot 97)