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Hypersensitivity, or legitimate complaint?

Another group of Muslims (probably not associated with those in Bangladesh where they want to kill atheist bloggers) has demanded that Lego cease production of it's "Jabba's Palace" part of its Star Wars series because they feel that it is disrespectful to Muslims.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/03/27/bangladesh-atheist-bloggers-are-getting-censored-and-threatened/

Lego pulls ‘anti-Muslim’ Jabba the Hutt Star Wars toy

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.

Muslim critics claim the Lego toy based on the Star Wars franchise insinuates that Muslims are people with “deceitful and criminal personalities,” and “depicts Muslims as terrorists.”

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.

What do you think? Should Lego stop making “Jabba’s Palace”? Is Jabba the Hutt really a secret Muslim terrorist? And what exactly is Jabba smoking in that water pipe? Leave a comment - express yourself.

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jsbenkert

Asked by jsbenkert at 8:13 PM on Apr. 1, 2013 in Religious Debate

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Answers (10)
  • These people need a hobby
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:16 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • Shit, I better buy one soon. These things will be collector's items and pricey in a few months.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 8:20 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • And for those who aren't familiar - here are the original conceptual drawings used to design the palace for the movies:


    ITW_Jabbas_Palace.jpg


    800px-Jabbas_Palace.jpg


    ITW_Jabba_throne.jpg


     


    Nothing to do with any mosques...

    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:22 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • Some people will look for any little ridiculous thing they can find to make a fuss over. I guess this is just the grown up version of a 2 year old's tantrum.
    wendythewriter

    Answer by wendythewriter at 8:33 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • Hypersensitivity, methinks.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 8:37 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • ridiculous hypersensitivity- unfortunately someone or some group, whether religious or ethnic have to find someway to be a victim. Most adults are just overgrown children in desperate need of dealing with their inner child.
    ggsmom333

    Answer by ggsmom333 at 10:31 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • Wow...it didn't even remotely occur to me that it's a mosque. Glad we bought it when we did...
    jeanclaudia

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 11:39 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • Dang it, now I gotta go buy one. Those are gonna get expensive fast. Why do idiots have to ruin shit for the rest of us?
    kmath

    Answer by kmath at 10:03 AM on Apr. 2, 2013


  • the fools being the Muslims who complained and the Lego company for caving.

    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 2:29 PM on Apr. 2, 2013

  • These people need a hobby

    Answer by NotPanicking


    Perhaps Legos?!
    MamaK88

    Answer by MamaK88 at 5:12 PM on Apr. 2, 2013

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