Quentin Tarantino’s box office hit, Django Unchained, has been making quite a bit of controversy since it’s release. This time it is related to a marketing ploy for the hit movie.
The merchandise from the film got a harsh response from the public when they hit the market. Following outrage from civil rights groups like the Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope, the Weinstein Co. had the dolls removed from shelves.
In a statement released the Weinstein Co. said: “In light of the reaction to the Django Unchained action figures,” we are removing them from distribution. We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intent to offend anyone.”
“They were meant to be collectibles for people 17 years and older,” a representative explained, “which is the audience for the film.”
The film has earned close to $130 million and is the highest grossing film in Tarantino’s career.