Is Jabba the Hutt a Muslim terrorist? Danish toy manufacturer Lego will cease production of “Jabba’s Palace” after vigorous protest from Muslim community members complaining the toy is “anti-Muslim” because “Jabba’s Palace” resembles a mosque.
The decision to pull the toy was announced on Saturday, March 30, following a meeting in Munich between Muslim community leaders and Lego executives.
Some claim “Jabba’s Palace” resembles both the ancient Hagia Sophia mosque in Turkey and the Jami al-Kabir mosque in Beirut.
A criticism published in a January statement by the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria expressed the concerns of many Muslims. The following is a brief excerpt from that statement:
“The terrorist Jabba the Hutt likes to smoke a hookah and have his victims killed. It is clear that the ugly figure of Jabba and the whole scene smacks of racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations.”
Lego added the “Jabba’s Palace” playset to its Star Wars collection in 2012. But last January the set began to provoke outrage in Austria’s Islamic community after a Muslim father found that his sister had given one to his son as a present.
Lego’s take on “Jabba’s Palace” is true to the Star Wars franchise, and comes complete with machine guns and rockets. The toy features Jabba the Hutt, a slug-like villain who first appeared in the 1983 film Return of the Jedi. Jabba lives in a domed shaped building, smokes a water pipe and keeps Princess Leia in chains for use as his personal slave.
Production of Lego’s “Jabba’s Palace” will end in 2014.
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