posted on Jan, 24 2013 @ 04:15 AM
The Turkish Cultural Community organisation in Austria has called for Lego to be boycotted after accusing its products of encouraging racial hatred
They claim that the Jabba the Hut set is modeled on "a holy Muslim temple and it is sacrilege to include a machine gun inside or to populate it with
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
The Offending Lego Set
Jami al-Kabir in Beirut
Dr. Melissa Günes, General Secretary of the Turkish Cultural Community, confirmed that Lego had been contacted with an official complaint and
that the toy store had been forced to swap the offending building blocks that the organisation claimed in fact insulted Muslims because they were in
reality copies of a mosque and a minaret.
The allegations include the fact that a watchtower and model of Jabba the Hut's palace are in fact exact replicas of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and
the mosque Jami al-Kabir in Beirut - and of a minaret.
The organisation adds that Jabba’s palace in Star Wars is populated by (pseudo-Buddhist) monks, the terrorist Jabba the Hut loves to smoke water
pipes and have his victims executed, and concludes that: "It is apparent that, for the figure of the repulsive bad guy Jabba and the whole scenery,
racial prejudices and hidden suggestions against Orientals and Asians were used as deceitful and criminal personalities (slaveholders, leaders of
criminal organizations, terrorists, criminals, murderers, human sacrifice).
They also complain about the "Shocking red and black devil’s scowl at the top of the box packaging on the right, which is at least an obvious signal
that the toy should not lie under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve" - a reference to a picture of the Star Wars Sith Darth Maul, the disciple of
Sith Lord Dark Sidous.
It also continues that the "rockets, cannons, weapons like laser pistols, guns and Samurai swords (serve as feet of the B’omarr monk) and trap doors
in the LEGO fortress buildings are pedagogically questionable. The combination of temple building and bunker facilities where shots are fired cannot
be appropriate for children between 9 and 14 years old, most of all with respect to a peaceful cohabitation of differing cultures in Europe."
I'm genuinely surprised by this.
Usually it is the painfully politically correct who take it upon themselves to be offended for others.
In this case, it is the Turkish Cultural Community organisation in Austria that has decided to be offended by a Jabba the Hut model that resembles a
Mosque. Considering that Star Wars came out in 1977, what I find puzzling is that it has taken them 35 years to be offended?
edit on 24-1-2013 by ollncasino because: (no reason given)