The Weinstein Co and toy maker NECA are selling slavery-era action figures based on the characters from Quentin Tarantino's latest picture D'jango (the D is silent) Unchained.
Some are questioning if this is appropriate in this day of enlightenment and equality. Some are down right angry at the exploitation of slavery in general.
Black community leaders held a news conference on Tuesday in an effort to halt the sale of these action figures
Ali said the toys are a "slap in the face" for his ancestors.
"We are outraged, we feel that it trivializes the horrors of slavery and what African Americans experienced."
Quentin Tarantino is making no apologies for the film or the action figures he said, "hey, that is the way it was back then, so get over yourselves."
When contacted a representative said: "We're just making action figures out of popular characters from a hit film. There is no insult intended."
They also went on to say that, cat of nine tails, sweat box, leg shackles and steel prison wagon are sold separately.
Other manufacturers are believed to have plans to develop a action computer game based on the movie. The working title for one game is, "Masters and Servants", the ad campaign slogan is, "Fun for the Whole Family". You can either be a slave escaping the evils of the south or a plantation owner who's goal it is to amass as many slaves as possible.
The action figures
Django (the D is silent) Unchained has done well over 100 million in box office since Christmas and has received 5 nominations for a Golden Globe.
Truth is stranger than fiction.
From Sunset and Vine in beautiful downtown Hollywood California 90028