Collectors looking to buy the newly discontinued ‘Django Unchained’ slave action figures won’t be able to find them on eBay, as the auction website has banned the toys, TMZ is reporting. The news comes after the Weinstein Company, the studio that produced the western drama, discontinued the promotional figurines, after receiving massive backlash from several African-American advocacy groups.
After the toy company stopped producing the action figures, the toys were placed on eBay as rare collectibles, causing bids to quickly rise. But last night, all the listings for the ‘django Unchained’ toys were pulled from the website. EBay sent an email to sellers, saying “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.”
Sellers were also cautioned by eBay not to re-list the toys. A rep for the auction website confirmed the news, saying the toys “were in violation of our Offensive Materials policy.”
Written by: Karen Benardello