Is Lego Being Racist For This Toy?
The group in question is a group of Austrian Turks, who say that the toy was patterned after Istanbul’s great Hagia Sophia, and another mosque in Beirut. They said that the depiction establishes a link between Jabba the Hutt from the Star Wars movies and their community. They are offended since, in the movies, Jabba has his enemies killed. They also take offense at the characters that are included with the set, saying that they make,
vulgar insinuations against Asians and Orientals as people with deceitful and criminal personalities.
Lego responded with a statement, saying,
The Lego Star Wars product Jabba´s Palace does not reflect any actually existing buildings, people, or the mentioned mosque. The Lego mini-figures are all modeled on characters from the movie. We regret that the product has caused the members of the Turkish cultural community to come to a wrong interpretation, but point out that when designing the product only the fictional content of the Star Wars saga were referred to.
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