The Weinstein Company, the studio behind Django Unchained, has asked toy maker NECA to halt production on a line of action figures based on the controversial movie. Several civil rights groups had taken issue with them, saying they are offensive to children and trivialize the brutality of slavery.
The studio claims the action figures were intended for people over the age of 17, since every 18-year-old is dying for more dolls. The studio also claims similar toys have been created for the characters of all of Quentin Tarantino's films. A Mr. Blonde doll does sound like a lovely gift idea.
"We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intent to offend anyone," The Weinstein Co. said in a statement.
NECA has not responded to the Associated Press' request for comment.
Of course, now the toys already out there become collectors' items and are worth much more money, so, congratulations to The Weinstein Company.