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Rockntractor
01-24-2013, 11:43 AM
By Matthew Day, Warsaw

3:18PM GMT 23 Jan 2013

Austria’s Turkish community said the model was based on Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul and that the accompanying figures depicted Asians and Orientals as people with “deceitful and criminal personalities.”

The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria released a statement calling for Lego to apologise for affronting religious and cultural feelings.

The anger was provoked by “Jabba’s Palace”, a model of the home of Jabba the Hutt from Lego’s Star Wars product range based on the blockbusting series of science fiction films.

Jabba is the large slug-like creature who holds Han Solo captive in the film Return of the Jedi, and his palace is the setting for several crucial scenes, including using Princess Leia as his slave.

Jabba’s domed home and accompanying watchtower bear, according to the statement, an unwanted resemblance to Istanbul’s great Hagia Sophia, and another mosque in Beirut. Read More>http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/austria/9820517/Lego-accused-of-racism-with-Star-Wars-set.html
Stuff a towel in it!

noonwitch
01-24-2013, 04:34 PM
If they think that Lego's model of Jabba's palace has racist overtones toward asians, they must not have gotten to the second trilogy and Jar Jar Binks yet.

Odysseus
01-24-2013, 06:46 PM
Hmmmm... Was Lucas trying to make a connection between Jabba the Hutt and a Turkish Sultan?

Here's the Lego palace:

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02459/LegoToy_2459827b.jpg

Here's the Hagia Sophia:

http://www.sights-and-culture.com/Turkey/Istanbul-Hagia-Sophia.jpg

Here is Jabba's Palace from ROTJ:

http://www.igorstshirts.com/blog/conceptships/jabbas_palace.jpg


The styles of architecture are similar, but if Lucas really wanted to make the connection, he'd have shown Jabba as a parody of a Turkish Pasha, grossly obese, lounging on cushions, smoking a hookah and collecting slaves...

http://blogs.amctv.com/scifi-scanner/slaveleia.jpghttp://www.internetstones.com/image-files/sultan-mahmud-i-turkey-1696-1754.jpg

Hmmmm... Okay. They have a point. Lego should immediately withdraw the sets as soon as the Turks apologize for presenting the image in the first place.

SarasotaRepub
01-24-2013, 07:35 PM
:rotfl::applause:

Novaheart
01-24-2013, 08:43 PM
How is it an offense to Islam when the Hagia Sophia is a stolen Catholic church converted to a muzzie dump?

Elspeth
01-24-2013, 10:18 PM
Hmmmm... Okay. They have a point. Lego should immediately withdraw the sets as soon as the Turks apologize for presenting the image in the first place.

Or apologize for the Armenian genocide.

Rockntractor
01-24-2013, 11:47 PM
Or apologize for the Armenian genocide.

and also the tens of thousands of Russian slaves they stole from their villages over centuries.

Odysseus
01-25-2013, 03:17 PM
How is it an offense to Islam when the Hagia Sophia is a stolen Catholic church converted to a muzzie dump?

Everything that isn't complete, abject subjugation to Islam is an offense to Islam. Anything that can possibly be interpreted as less than complete, abject subjugation to Islam in any way, especially if done by an infidel, is an offense to Islam until otherwise stated.


Or apologize for the Armenian genocide.

The Turks claim that it never happened. They will cheerfully claim that one million Armenians just picked up on their own and wandered around the country, beating and raping themselves until the last of them dropped from self-inflicted hunger and exposure.


and also the tens of thousands of Russian slaves they stole from their villages over centuries.

Not to mention Spanish, Italian, Serbian, French, British and every other European nationality. Turkish corsairs raided as far north as Ireland for slaves, and they attacked any ships that came within range. The single largest line-item in the federal budget for several years was tribute to the Barbary Pirates, which was supposed to prevent their taking our ships. We only went to war with them when Jefferson got their last demand and decided that it was cheaper to fight.

txradioguy
01-25-2013, 04:14 PM
How is it an offense to Islam when the Hagia Sophia is a stolen Catholic church converted to a muzzie dump?

Because the idiots say so.

Not trying to be snarky...after dealing with them...that seems to be how they come to conclusions on stuff like this.

Odysseus
01-26-2013, 01:11 PM
Because the idiots say so.

Not trying to be snarky...after dealing with them...that seems to be how they come to conclusions on stuff like this.

They look for opportunities to take offense because it allows them to flex their power and force us into submission. In fact, the more absurd the charge, the better it serves their agenda, because it forces us to fear their reactions in the most mundane, trivial things. That gives them power over us and that is what this is about.

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