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Lego Accused Of Racism Over Star Wars Jabba's Palace Set

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Lego Accused Of Racism Over Star Wars Jabba's Palace Set


Some Turkish leaders are offended by a Lego Star Wars set, claiming it resembles a famous mosque.

The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria said in a statement that a Lego set of Jabba's Palace from the Star Wars series is racist because it appears to closely resemble the Hagia Sophia (formerly a mosque) in Istanbul, the Jami al-Kabir mosque in Beirut and a minaret and therefore reinforces negative stereotypes about the Middle East, according to the Austrian Times. The statement threatened legal action against Lego if it does not withdraw the toys.

"The terrorist Jabba the Hutt likes to smoke a hookah and have his victims killed," a statement on their website reads, according to the Telegraph. The statement also claims that the characters look sinister and do evil things, such as keep slaves and commit murder.

(Scroll down for a picture of the Lego set)

Lego denies the charges. "The Lego Star Wars product Jabba's Palace does not reflect any actually existing buildings, people, or the mentioned mosque," Katharina Sasse, a spokesperson for Lego, told the Telegraph.

Star Wars has been accused of racism before. Some claimed that George Lucas' 1999 movie Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was racist because some of its villains seemed to reinforce Asian stereotypes.

Jabba the Hutt, for the uninitiated, is one of Star Wars' villains. He kept Han Solo frozen, tried to kill Luke Skywalker and, for a time, kept Princess Leia as his slave (fans will never forget her gold bikini). Luke and his allies ultimately freed Han Solo and Princess Leia and killed Jabba and his minions.

This is not Lego's first brush with racism accusations either. The artist Chris McVeigh claimed in 2010 that almost all non-white Lego faces scowl, according to Wired. The Wired article claims that Lego's toy sets based on Hollywood movies also highlight the racism already apparent in Hollywood casting.

Check out Lego's depiction of Jabba's Palace below:

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/24/lego-racism-star-wars_n_2541369.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM
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colins_mom
by Silver Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM
I dont see it....
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masonmomma
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM
People will find any reason to bitch.
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Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:46 PM
2 moms liked this

I say they can blow it out their asses

talia-mom
by Gold Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:48 PM
When did Muslim become a race?
FrumpyMama
by Bronze Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:51 PM

It looks like Jabba's palace from Star Wars..........if this is such an issue why don't they just go after George Lucas rather than Lego, who is just making a toy for kids who love Star Wars to play with? Seriously..........

Fullmoon_Goddes
by Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:53 PM
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Exactly, Wtf?! It is Star Wars. Wtf. Wtf. Wtf.

Get over it and may the force be with you


Quoting heather77g:

WTF....


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RLT2
by Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:58 PM

oh gawd

heather77g
by Bronze Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 8:51 AM

 It just makes no sense.. Children wouldn't even think anything racist by the Lego toy. It's for children, not something for adults to find a way to make accusations around.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Buildings often look like other buildings.

How does a building looking like another buidling equal racism?

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 8:57 AM

 I think they need to open a dictionary...religion and race are 2 different things.

I see some similarities, but nothing to cry about.  I think the tower looks more like an air traffic control tower myself.

 

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