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Sharpton’s National Action Network Stage Boycott Of ‘Django’ Action Figures

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So this is where we’re at right now, black folks? Shoot, and here I thought the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta boycott petition on change.org was bad. Now Al Sharpton’s outfit is leading a boycott of the Django Unchained action figures being sold. Jesus Christ! Do we need another black kid armed with Skittles and Ice Tea to be shot because black rage is idle? But seriously, I could think of many other things to be pissed about as a person of color, other than some $299.00 collectibles being sold on Amazon. But hey, I suppose that’s just me being tired of being the angry black dude.

This from NewsOne:

Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network has been largely silent on the raging controversy surrounding Quentin Tarantino‘s ‘Django Unchained’ — until now.

In the wake of the release of action figures in the cast’s likeness, Rev. K.W. Tulloss, NAN’s president in Los Angeles, the progressive, civil rights organization called for a national boycott of the slavery toys which can be purchased for $299 on Amazon.com.

“Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African American community,” Rev. K.W. Tulloss, said to the NY 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.”

Now  yesterday I mentioned how this movie has made some of my “cousins” upset. And as I said then, some of them are probably more upset because the film was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who happens to be white. I firmly believe that most are upset for no other reason than that fact. So, as far as the action figures go? Well, let’s just say that I don’t see them being packaged with chains, branding irons, or any of those ghastly iron masks used to torture slaves. That said, I really don’t see the big deal; because, it’s not like kids are running out to buy them.

django-unchained-toys-collectiblesIt’s just standard movie marketing actually, and the National Action Network is doing a fine job by boosting sales with this frivolous attempt at a boycott of these dolls. Besides, it’s not like black folks are going to break their necks to drop #299.00 on Amazon to buy them anyway.

 
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Published on: January 9, 2013

Filled Under: Entertainment, Race

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  • Reggie

    I’m sorry, but did you say that these “enslaved action figures” are $300.00?!?

    $300.00?!? Well damn!!!!

     
    • Val

      +1 @ “Enslaved”

       
      • Reggie

        See………..I learn and I listen Val.

         
  • http://www.facebook.com/DAAWDM Denise A Wz

    *sigh* I’ve been extremely hesitant about seeing this movie (and interestingly, the person who is encouraging me to see it is a Black man, as it happens). I’ve hesitated -not because I dislike Tarantino or anything, but sometimes his movies make me uncomfortable (which I suspect may well be the point)…but one of the issues with a boycott like this…? It’s going to result in a lot of people who dislike Sharpton on principle to go see the movie. I like Sharpton all right…most of the time, even while I don’t always agree with him…but I know a lot of my own extended family would do something for the sake of doing something just to spite him, even though they don’t know him. (I can’t imagine for a moment any of them turning over $300 for a doll, but they’d definitely drop some cash to see the movie). *sighs again*

     
    • http://rippdemup.com/ RiPPa

      You make a great point; yes, Rev. Al isn’t universally loved in he black community. LOL

       
      • Reggie

        I can’t say that I’ve always been a big fan of Al Sharpton. He’s certainly had his moments, but all in all….this was a very good movie.

         
        • http://rippdemup.com/ RiPPa

          I agree with you even if i haven’t seen it. LOL

           
  • https://www.facebook.com/dietrick.large Dietrick Large

    Useless organization…..only good for prayer vigils and now boycotting an action toy.