Less than a week after the Weinstein Company yanked its controversial "Django Unchained" toys from store shelves, the figurines from the popular Quentin Tarantino Western film have been banned on eBay as well.
The action figures, modeled after characters in the movie who were slaves, were pulled from stores last week after African-American advocacy groups, including MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope, called for a boycott, the International Business Times reported.
The Weinstein Company, producer of the film, was responsible for the merchandise.
"Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African-American community," Rev. K.W. Tulloss, NAN's president, told the Daily News earlier in January. "The movie is for adults, but these are action figures that appeal to children. We don’t want other individuals to utilize them for their entertainment, to make a mockery of slavery."
The Weinstein Company issued a statement last week apologizing for the sale of the toys.
"We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intent to offend anyone," the statement said. "They were meant to be collectibles for people aged 17 years and older, which is the audience for the film."
The action figures depict characters in the movie, which takes place in the Deep South in the late 1850s and features freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) vying to liberate his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), from vicious plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
The discontinuation spurred an increase in sales of the toys on eBay this week, with asking prices up to $12,000.
The auction website sent an email to sellers on Thursday that said: "Since the manufacturer of this product has discontinued the item's sale due to its potentially offensive nature, we are not allowing it to be sold on eBay," according to the Inquisitr.
While "Django Unchained" won two Golden Globes and has five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, it has also been slammed for its depiction of African-Americans, according to the IBTimes.
Though the toys have been pulled from eBay, there are still some listings on Amazon.com that are going for several hundred dollars.
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