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Are The DJANGO UNCHAINED Figurines Racist?

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Django Unchained Banner 2 Are The DJANGO UNCHAINED Figurines Racist?I’ve recently watched Quentin Tarantino’s latest gore fest DJANGO UNCHAINED, and as much as I hate to admit it, I really enjoyed the flick. I’ve only ever disliked the Q-Man’s (as I affectionately termed him) films based on the media’s reaction, which is overwhelmingly positive, and tends to over-hype the movies far in advance, but I genuinely liked this one. That’s not to say there weren’t occasional determinants to the narrative, but nothing too disturbing and “suspension of disbelief” shattering.

Now, if you weren’t aware, there’s a great deal of controversy surrounding this flick. It’s created a romantic spectacle of slavery and those involved in it, a touchy subject which has drawn the ire of social activists around the world. They would claim that Django exploits this time in history, those involved, and commercializes the murder and enslavement of millions of people… and I would agree with them.

Though, in that case, what Big Studio historical flick doesn’t romanticize the past? We can look at Quentin Tarantino’s own back catalogue for another movie that exploits a terrible time in humanity: Inglourious Basterds. A revenge film about American (and European) Jews murdering hordes of NAZIs. Sounds kinda like Django’s own vengeful narrative, doesn’t it?

 Are The DJANGO UNCHAINED Figurines Racist?

Say what you will, but Lee makes a good point. Why does QT like saying THAT word so much?

There are certainly heavy issues embed in both, with Django being the most relevant since America continues to battle its tides of racism (I would claim anti-semitism is relevant, but that is more pertinent in Europe and the Middle-East), but these films are nothing more than spectacle. Sure, we can point at curious tropes that have been abused in movies past, most importantly the misrepresentation of Black Culture and individuals therein, and compare their use in Tarantino’s newest outing, but there’s nothing blatantly vile in depicting a time period. Specifically, there’s nothing terrible about filming a liberated slave shoot the brains out of slave owners. That’s not as fantastical and anachronistic as it may seem.

So, when the Weinstein company licenses 70′s style action figures for adult collectors, and they’re hit with a massive backlash, I don’t really see the point. These aren’t toys meant for 7 year olds. They don’t have hand cannons or water guns in their palms. They’re recreated with 70′s genre films in mind, for adult novelty collectors.

 Are The DJANGO UNCHAINED Figurines Racist?

Also, remember that the biggest call to arms is from Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. I wouldn’t want to say that he hasn’t accomplished any good in his life, but a great deal of his objections are meant to stir up media coverage (like joining Ann Coulter on this ‘news’ show or inciting violence against Jews). In any case, this is what his organization had to say:

“Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African American community,” Rev. K.W. Tulloss, NAC’s president in Los Angeles, told the Daily News. “The movie is for adults, but these are action figures that appeal to children. We don’t want other individuals to utilize them for their entertainment, to make a mockery of slavery.”

If these were slave dolls actually marketed to young children, they’d have a fair point, but as Topless Robot pointed out, they’re collectible figurines for the adult market. No Mountain Dew gulping, booger picking, XBOX Live addicted kiddo wants a plushy 70′s style doll.

They don’t. I’ve been a geeky, booger picking kiddo, and if the toy didn’t have a lightsaber or stretchy limbs, I wasn’t buying!

 Are The DJANGO UNCHAINED Figurines Racist?

I would totally buy the shit out of this doll

They’ll only ever sell these at collectible stores (i.e. Comic Shops), where old, bearded, terribly groomed man children will purchase them, placing them right in between their $120 Iron Man Mark I bust and their wax buffed Hans Landa Doll (who happens to be the Jew Hunter from Basterds… a more offensive doll if you ask me).

I don’t think Quentin Tarantino is without his faults, and neither are his movies. They fall into the same tropes that have plagued Hollywood for years, most recently with the slave liberating German, King Shultz, but there are thousands of delicate social issues embed in every film and their associated merchandise. Though, unless the particular title is a riotous call to arms or overt propaganda, I don’t think these points provide for anything other than an interesting discussion during a round of drinks (preferably Pappy Van Winkle bourbon… neat).

What do you have to say about the matter?

S#!T Talking Central

  • baconbitts

    If Qt was truly a racist, he would have been ousted by “Hollywood” already. He has made it clear many times how he is a fan of 70′s style films, he is paying tribute to that style. Additionally, why hasn’t anyone asked Jamie Foxx or Sam Jackson what they think? I’m sure if they smelled even a whiff of illegitimate intentions on QT’s behalf, they would have walked. The movie was accurate to the time, and the dolls aren’t aimed at children, nuff said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Harding/100000145858394 Mark Harding

    These days everything is racist. Racebaiters like Lee just wait to pounce on anything that seems slightly, vaguely or remotely racist. White man eating chocolate cake? Racist, it symbolizes white people’s disposal of blacks. Black man playing drums? Racist, stereotyping blacks as more rythmic. The list goes on and on.

  • derp

    The movies is about racism so……

  • SS55

    OH, SHUT THE FUCK UP! This is the kind of puss that drives people to be racist! “Are The DJANGO UNCHAINED Figurines Racist?” Seriously? Kill yourself. Seriously. You want to be remembered for instigating some petty racial feud? Good work. Ive got a better idea, kill yourself. Film it yourself, get an attention seeking friend to film it, whatever, but seriously, Kill yourself, you’re an antagonistic petty piece of shit and you should wipe yourself from the face of the planet. Fuck off and die.

    • http://www.unleashthefanboy.com/ Ciaran James

      I think someone needs to chill out, did you only read the title? This is already something that people are talking about and this post is someone elses opinions on whther they are racist (if you read it you would realise he doesn’t think they are)

  • vangpo

    Al Sharpton is the most racist African-American I know besides Louis Farrakhan, and Spike is a bitter little has been. Anything they say goes in one ear and out the other. QT’s films are entertaining (which is more than Spike can claim about anything he’s produced in the last 20 years) and profitable. More importantly, I love them.

  • Candie

    I’m offensive and I find this black!

  • HurrDurrpy’s Quiz Show

    Q: Are The DJANGO UNCHAINED Figurines Racist?
    A: No.
    Q: Was the previous question retarded?
    A: Yes
    Q: Who in their right mind could possibly think something so idiotic?
    A: ??????

  • HurrDurrpy’s Quiz Show

    Q: If children DID play with these dolls, could they not play “Freed Slaves Kill the White Demon Men” with them?
    A: YES!
    Q: If racist children played with them, could they play, “White Demon Men Oppress Slaves”?
    A: Yes
    Q: Which of the following does the previous questions indicate?
    a. Playing with toys depicting different races will make children racist
    b. If toys with a historical leaning are made depicting a sensitive issue, the roles should be reversed to promote sensitivity (ie give Cowboy figures tomahawks and Indians pistols and land deed accessories)
    c. Racist children more than likely have already learned that behavior from a authority figure that has taught them those values, and trying to call a frickin collectible doll “racist” can show how little people know about actual racism

  • FrankenPC

    Who’s Spike Lee?

  • Zionismisracism

    Jews should be removed from the white demographic so the American people can see these Jewish supremacists for what they are. How often has a Jew called themselves white? it’s always “I’m a Jew, white people are evil” this is coming from the small group of elite who are responsible and profit from sending our children to die.

    Jews are only white when it suits them (they hide in the white demographic). The Oscars is no more than an award show who decides who wins? Jews of course. Jews control the media, Fox News, CNN, doesn’t matter if you are a liberal or a conservative they are playing us for fools.

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