Lego Star Wars Accused Of Racism?

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Everyone loves Star Wars, right? Everyone loves Lego’s, right? Does everyone love Lego Star Wars? No, some people don’t. Turkish community leaders are accusing some Lego Star Wars figures as offensive.

According to a statement, the The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria find the Lego set of Jabba’s Palace from the Star Wars series is racist because it appears to resemble the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul, the Jami al-Kabir mosque in Beirut. For those who are not familiar,  Jabba The Hutt is a villain who first appears in Return Of The Jedi. So having his house resemble a couple of well-known mosques might reinforce negative stereotypes about the Middle East. “The terrorist Jabba the Hutt likes to smoke a hookah and have his victims killed,” according to the statement from the Turkish leadership.  Katharina Sasse, a spokesperson for Lego, told the Telegraph  that “the Lego Star Wars product Jabba’s Palace does not reflect any actually existing buildings, people, or the mentioned mosque.” It is a little strange that Lego is being targeted here. The Lego set for Jabba’s Palace is based on version that appeared in the film. Does this mean they should be going after George Lucas? With all this controversy maybe J.J. Abrams should steer clear from the franchise.

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