Django Unchained Action Figures: Offensive to African-Americans?

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Controversy surrounding Django Unchained and its use of the N-word may have subsided, but a new scandal has erupted over Quentin Tarantino's thriller.

No, not over its inclusion among the 2013 Academy Awards nominees.

But over the action figures that recently went on sale, and which Al Sharpton's National Action Network believes are an insult to African-Americans everywhere.

Action Figures

"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 New York 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."

Such a sentiment echoes Spike Lee's take on the film in general, which he believes is "disrespectful to [his] ancestors."

Also like Lee, Tulloss admits he has not actually seen the movie.

No word yet from the National Entertainment Collectibles Association or the Weinstein Company, but what about you, THGers?

Do you think marketing figures from Django Unchained to children is offensive?