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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:

lego racism

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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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Seems to me uncircumcised penises (or is it peni? :) have a more legit claim of racism.


Quoting FrumpyMama:

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..........


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cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jan. 28, 2013 at 9:03 AM

 I don't think it looks like either of those places.

FFS. What is wrong with the world?

candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 28, 2013 at 9:04 AM

SMH

mommajenn4684
by Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 9:06 AM
Omg my neighbors house looks like mine I'm gonna sue their kids.... . It sounds about as ridiculous as the statement made by the turkish leaders. It looks like jabbas house in star wars if you wanna make it deeper than that then you have issues and to sue a toy company instead of the movies company is ridiculous as well .
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JakeandEmmasMom
by Platinum Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

 Jabba is just some (as Jake puts it) random slug.  Nobody is going to make that connection.  I'm sure it wasn't intentional.

ms-superwoman
by Silver Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

I don't think it looks like the masque...

12hellokitty
by Platinum Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 9:31 AM



Quoting futureshock:


"The terrorist Jabba the Hutt likes to smoke a hookah and have his victims killed," 




laughing

IndigoRose
by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 9:32 AM


SOME people are being a little too sensitive...  confused

jehosoba84
by Jenn on Jan. 28, 2013 at 10:43 AM

 Just another example to add to the list of people LOOKING for offense where there is none offered.

gammie
by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 10:57 AM

eye rolling

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