TMZ just sent a blast that states,
…shortly after advocacy groups like Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope spoke out against the figurines … the Weinstein Company (which produced the film) reached out to the toy company and told them to put the kibosh on the toy line ASAP.
We’re told the toy company agreed, insisting they never intended to offend anyone … and halted production immediately.
Sources tell us … the toymakers only released somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 dolls before shutting down production.
Criticism of the dolls ranged from headlines like “Who the Hell Collects These Django Unchained Slave Action Figures? “to a Change.org petition that asked to “Stop the sale of DJango Unchained slave dolls.” But one of the most vocal people about it was — you guessed it — Spike Lee:
- President Obama addressed the 54-member African Union, a first for a sitting U.S. president. The speech marks the end of his historic five-day trip to East Africa.