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'Django Unchained' dolls banned from eBay


Action figures based on characters in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Django Unchained" have been banned from eBay.

The dolls attracted widespread criticism from civil rights leaders when they went on sale and were subsequently pulled from the production line. They reportedly continued to change hands on, but bosses of the website have now blocked them from sale over fears they will cause offense.

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EBay spokeswoman Kari Ramirez tells Deadline, "These were removed as they were in violation of our Offensive Materials policy.

"The policy bans items which are "marketed inappropriately with an intolerant regard toward religion, sexual orientation, race, or ethnic background" and includes restrictions on "racially or ethnically offensive language, historical items, reproductions and works of art and media."

The dolls were reportedly authorized by bosses at The Weinstein Company, the film firm behind Tarantino's new Western, which is set in slavery-era Mississippi and stars Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio. "Django Unchained" is nominated for numerous Oscars including the coveted Best Picture Academy Award, but it has also sparked widespread controversy over the repeated use of racial slurs throughout the movie.

Jan 25, 2013 8:42AM
Why stop there?  Let's start burning copies of "Blazing Saddles" too while we're at it.  Everything offends somebody and it's really gotten beyond stupid and ignorant.
Jan 25, 2013 9:06AM
thank you Ebay from protecting me. I am incapable of doing it myself and would love to have more government intervention into my life. What books and newspapers should I read? Mayor Bloomberg has already decided what size soda is appropriate. The NY Governor  has decided what guns I can have. Obama demands that I pay for my neighbor's health insurance. What is left?
Jan 25, 2013 9:05AM
These items are created for the adult collectible market, and are not priced or sold through typical retailers. The imagery and racial slurs are in the movie in an effort to condemn the practice of slavery and to show the horrors of the institution to movie-goers. Any misguided offense taken by civil rights organizations is counter productive to efforts to education modern audiences that I think everyone involved in the film would agree with. 
Jan 25, 2013 9:07AM
I wanted to buy some of the dolls! I am of African descent and I did not find anything about them offensive. The movie was great and I honestly don't know what all the hooplah is about. The N word was used lots in the movie, but I thought that was an accurate description of what slavery was like according to historical documents. I'm still trying to find somewhere to buy the dolls because they'll be added to my collection!!!
Jan 25, 2013 9:07AM
I'm trying to figure out whats so offensive about the dolls, I saw some pictures of them and I didn't see anything wrong with them. If the movie is offensive, attack the movie. But the dolls,, come on . Of all the things to go after, sounds like a waste of time to even warrant attention.
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