Website deems discontinued action figures offensive.
If you thought you might be able to buy the recently discontinued Django Unchained dolls on eBay, think again. The action figures associated with the controversial film have been banned from the auction website.
As we reported, a groundswell of fury against the Django Unchained action figures caused the Weinstein Co., the studio behind the film, to rethink the idea of marketing the slave-themed movie with toys. Following outrage expressed by civil rights groups like Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope, the dolls were no longer sold on Amazon and production was halted after only about 1,000 were made. “We have tremendous respect for the audience,” said the Weinstein Co. in a statement, “and it was never our intent to offend anyone."
Discontinued action figures began to appear on eBay. Labeled as "rare" collectibles, bids for the items skyrocketed up to as much as $2,000, with one collector seeking $7,000 for the entire collection of six dolls. But as of Wednesday night, all listings for the Django toys were pulled from the website. EBay stated its position in an email, explaining, "Since the manufacturer of this product has discontinued the item’s sale due to its potentially offensive nature, we are not allowing it to be sold on eBay.”
As per a representative for the auction website, the toys were removed because “they were in violation of [eBay’s] Offensive Materials policy."
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