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Action figures for 'Django Unchained' draw protest

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some are questioning the appropriateness of slavery-era action figures tied to Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained."

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A line of figures of the movie's main characters are currently for sale online, made by toymaker NECA in partnership with the Weinstein Co. On Tuesday, Najee Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, will hold a press conference with other Los Angeles black community leaders calling for the removal of the toys from the market.

Ali calls the action figures "a slap in the face of our ancestors" that "trivializes the horrors of slavery."

Action figures were made by manufacturer Hot Toys for Tarantino's film "Inglourious Basterds."

The Weinstein Co. and NECA didn't immediately comment Tuesday.

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Jan 8, 2013 2:04PM
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What does Islam have to do with the American slavery era? 

Jan 8, 2013 2:04PM
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These are toys for "adult collectors." Yeah, I realize that's kind of an oxymoron. They're not really made for kids to play with  they are for overgrown man-children (like myself) to put on display.  
Jan 8, 2013 2:00PM
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"They gonna put y'all back in CHAINS!" - Joe Biden, in one of his more bizarre statements.
Jan 8, 2013 1:59PM
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Oh for gods sake get over yourselves. Not everything is a deliberate insult or callous dis-regard for some perceived culture. Enough with the special interest groups and minorities dictating to the rest of the public what they can and cannot see, hear or buy. If you don't like something fine but don't take away the rights of others to make a choice. Don't scream for equal rights by demanding special treatment.
Jan 8, 2013 1:54PM
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Are we still in that era????? No so why the big deal? People like to protest about anything
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