Toy company Lego has been accused of racism following the release of a model of Jabba’s Palace from its Star Wars collection.
An Austrian Turk made the claim after a member of his family bought the model for his son. The man claimed that the model looked like the Hagia Sofia mosque in Istanbul. He made the claim to the local Cultural Community who are claiming that the model is an insult to their religion, and to a revered holy place. The organisation said they are considering taking legal action against Lego.
Public Relations manager for Lego said “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 modelled 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.”
The Cultural Community is now making claims that the characters included with the model portray them as terrorists with ‘deceitful and criminal personalities’.
We think that the Cultural Community should find something worthwhile to complain about – like the atrocities taking place near the Turkish/Syrian border.
The model could – with a long stretch of the imagination – look like many buildings around the world, more so than the mosque in Istanbul.
To make statements that Lego purposely made a model to depict Turkish people as criminals and terrorists is totally ridiculous and the Cultural Community must have a lot of time to waste if they can spend it clawing around to justify their pathetic claims. Or perhaps it would be more to the point to consider this an opportunity to make some cash out of Lego.
How much more stupid can the world get!