The Weinstein Company has pulled its Django Unchained action figures from shelves, TMZ reports.
The move comes following advocacy groups such as Al Sharpton's National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope lashed out with harsh criticism for what they called "slave dolls" inspired by Quentin Tarantino's new film.
The action figures were produced by National Entertainment Collectibles Assocation (NECA) in collaboration with the Weinstein Company. The toy company said they had no intention of causing controversy and have ceased production on the line and only 1,000 dolls are believed to have actually been produced.
The collection features both slave owners such as Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Clavin Candie, to slaves Broomhilda and Stephen played in the film by Kerry Washington and Samuel Jackson.
Other celebrities, such as director Spike Lee (who has been critical of the film's language and depiction of slavery), have made their feelings known on the subject, taking to bash the selling of the figures.
Django Unchained has been honored at some of the season’s biggest awards shows (actor Christoph Waltz won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor – Drama and Tarantino took home the award for Best Screenplay) and is a contender in multiple categories in this year’s Oscar race.
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