Latest Example of Insidious Anti-Muslim Racism: Star Wars Legos

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm
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Today on Grievance Theater:

Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community over a Star Wars toy allegedly depicting  a mosque.

The critics claim that the Jabba’s Palace model, part of Lego’s Star Wars range, offends Muslims as it resembles the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul – one of the world’s most renowned mosques.

Members of the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria group also accused the toy manufacturer of depicting Asians as having ‘deceitful and criminal personalities’.

The group has released a statement calling for an apology from Lego for its cultural insensitivity.

The Lego set is based on the home of Jabba the Hutt, a central character in the Star Wars series, who lives in a domed palace, with a separated watchtower.

As well as bearing a likeness to the Hagia Sophia mosque, the Turkish group also claimed the toy takes its design from the Jami al-Kabir mosque in Beirut – while the watchtower is said to resemble a minaret.

A post on the community’s website contains a picture of the slug-like creature’s Lego home, pointing out similarities with the Istanbul mosque.

Outraged Muslims have criticised the toy producer on the community’s website, accusing it of deliberately placing contextual errors in the toy.

Let the riots begin.

9 Responses to “Latest Example of Insidious Anti-Muslim Racism: Star Wars Legos”

  1. CoquimboJoe on 23/23/13 at 10:02 pm

    Don’t these people ever feel ashamed of their whiney asshattery? Sorry, dumb question.

  2. Tuck Steele on 24/24/13 at 7:57 am

    So all domes and all towers are now their intellectual property?

    The best part, the Hagia Sophia dome isn’t a mosque, it is a church that was stolen when Turkey conquered Constantinople and killed the priests inside.

    Also, even if Lego was insensitive to the dome shape… how does that make them depict Asians as having “deceitful and criminal personalities”?

    It’s almost like they want to be mad… of course, that’s just crazy… right?

  3. skh.pcola on 24/24/13 at 10:35 am

    Only a UK media outlet would refer to moslums as “Asians,” because Arabs, Persians, and other Middle Easterners certainly never refer to themselves as such. That convention arises from Brit multi-culti BS. The cowards there are afraid to call a spade a spade.

  4. James Felix on 24/24/13 at 12:05 pm

    Even assuming they had a valid point (which they most certainly do NOT) why get all pissed off at Lego? Take it up with George Lucas, he designed all that crap.

  5. David Gillies on 24/24/13 at 12:16 pm

    We should not merely be ‘culturally insensitive’ towards these beasts, we should go out of our way to antagonise them. The more they stick their heads above the parapet, the more we can snipe them through the eye.

  6. hdob on 24/24/13 at 1:40 pm

    I think we should call Istanbul “occupied Constantinople.” As noted by previous commenters, Hagia Sophia is a Christian church, desecrated and occupied by invading muslims. The technology to build domes was developed in Europe, not in the middle east.

  7. Stewed Hamm on 24/24/13 at 6:23 pm

    It’s a toy based on a movie that came out in 1983 – THIRTY fricking years ago! If anyone had a problem with it, they’ve taken their sweet time waiting around to riot.
    Not that this is at all a legitimate complaint… but we knew that already.

  8. Jim in Tulsa on 26/26/13 at 8:10 am

    Everyone is missing the point here. The only important question is:
    Where can I buy one of these Jabba Palance thingys?