Django Unchained Slave Toys Banned From eBay as Prices Spike Following Public Outcry

By: E News Email
By: E News Email

(E News) - The Django Unchained controversy train just keeps on chugging along.

After getting slammed by everyone from Spike Lee to civil-rights groups, the embattled Quentin Tarantino film now has a new foe: eBay. The online auction bigwig has banned the sale of action figures based on the slave-themed spaghetti Western after its studio discontinued the toy line in the wake of public furor, per Deadline.

Since being pulled off shelves, the dolls have seen a massive price hike on eBay, with some reportedly going for as much as $2,000 for the six-doll set.

An eBay rep tells Deadline that listings for the action figures were yanked because they violated the site's offensive-materials policy, which reportedly boots products that "graphically portray graphic violence or victims of violence, unless they have substantial social, artistic or political value." This purportedly includes "racially or ethnically offensive language, historical items, reproductions and works of art and media."

The Jamie Foxx–headlined film has taken some pretty hard knocks since it was released last month: Lee blasted it in a seething tweet that trashed Tarantino's cheeky take on a sensitive subject matter, and the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network mounted an aggressive protest against the toy line and called for a national boycott.

It remains to be seen how the backlash will ultimately affect the movie at next month's Academy Awards, where it's up for five statuettes including Best Picture.


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