#1 Lego accused of racism with Star Wars set01-24-2013, 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/worl...-Wars-set.html
Stuff a towel in it!The difference between pigs and people is that when they tell you you're cured it isn't a good thing.
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.
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:
Here's the Hagia Sophia:
Here is Jabba's Palace from ROTJ:
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...
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.
Last edited by Odysseus; 01-24-2013 at 06:53 PM.
01-24-2013, 07:35 PMMay the FORCE be with you!
01-24-2013, 08:43 PM
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How is it an offense to Islam when the Hagia Sophia is a stolen Catholic church converted to a muzzie dump?
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#10 Re: Lego accused of racism with Star Wars set01-26-2013, 01:11 PM
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