Amy AlexanderNews of the "Django Unchained" 'action figures' creates a bad taste, doesn't it? Even if it is the case that the studio marketing division cooked up this 'tie in,' it still ultimately circles back to the creative team behind the film itself, in particular Tarantino. At the very least, it is in poor taste, considering the fact that the bondage of blacks is the main theme of the story. It does make you wonder who officially 'green-lit' such a dubious and insulting marketing strategy. And correctly or not, it feeds the escalating criticism of Tarantino as an out of control hipster who thinks he gets 'the Black Thing' but doesn't really.
- Amy Alexander website: Three Ways of Considering Tarantino's "Django Unchained"
Jelani Cobb, associate professor of history and director of the Institute of African American Studies, University of Connecticut
- Jelani Cobb, the New Yorker: Tarantino Unchained (Jan. 2)
Jarvis DeBerry, columnist, NOLA.com | the Times-Picayune, New Orleans
- Jarvis DeBerry, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune: 'Django' expresses an anger not every filmmaker can show (Dec. 31)
Tony Norman, columnist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 'Django' tells tale missing real slave history (Dec. 25)
Ishmael Reed, poet, novelist, cultural critic
- Ishmael Reed, Wall Street Journal: Black Audiences, White Stars and 'Django Unchained' (Dec. 28)
- TouréI will never understand how Django action figures are somehow over the line for some people.
- Touré, blog: Django Unchained is a heroic love story (Dec. 24)
- Touré, "The Cycle," MSNBC: America is ready for 'Django Unchained' (video)
Jeff Winbush, blogger, Columbus, Ohio:
- Jeff Winbush blog: "Django" Is Solid Entertainment, But Lousy History (Jan. 6)
- Jeff Winbush blog: Quentin Tarantino: Slave Profiteer (Jan. 7)
- Charles M. Blow, New York Times: Escaping Slavery
- Rembert Browne, Grantland: Django, the N-Word, and How We Talk About Race in 2013
- Kenya N. Byrd, BlackAmericaWeb.com: Django: More Than Just Another Slavery Movie
- Rebecca Carroll, Good: 'Django Unchained': Quentin Tarantino's Misappropriation of the N-Word(Dec. 18)
- Courtney Garcia, the Grio: Hollywood Unchained: Will the success of 'Django' spawn more slave epics?
- Sherry Howard blog: The error of asking "Django" to save black people
- Eugene Kane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Slavery as fantasy in 'Django'
- Daniella Gibbs Léger, Essence: 'Django': What If a Black Director Had Pitched It?
- Newsweek: Tavis Smiley on Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained
- Rashod Ollison, Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va.: All the n-word outrage over 'Django' misses the point (Jan. 8)
- Allison Samuels, Daily Beast: Spike Lee's Dissing of 'Django Unchained' Earns Both Ire and Indifference
- Adam Serwer, Mother Jones: In Defense of Django