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Earlier today, the Weinstein Co. discontinued their line of Django Unchained action figures amid a good deal of controversy. The natural question that arises: Should they have ever existed in the first place? The Weinsteins have made action figures for all of Quentin Tarantino's movies, including Lieutenant Aldo Raine and Colonel Hans Landa toys for Inglourious Basterds. (Yep, they made a Nazi action figure.) The figures are geared toward over-17 (like the movies themselves) film memorabilia collectors. (A quick eBay search shows the Inglourious Basterds figures selling for upwards of $300.) However, considering Django Unchained's content, is selling action figures inappropriate? In the message included with the Change.org petition, which ended with about 19,000 supporters, Tenaya Jackson wrote: "The trivailization [sic] depicted in these dolls further is [sic] makes a mockery of our ancestors bloodshed, strife, pain and suffering." Ultimately, there is something disconcerting about the buying and selling of slave »

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