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Lego Accused of Racism With Star Wars Set

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the Han,-mah-bukee,-keel-ee-calleya-ku-kah dept.

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Ch_Omega writes "According to this article over at The Telegraph, Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community in Austria over a Star Wars model that supposedly resembles one of Istanbul's most revered mosques. 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. 'The terrorist Jabba the Hutt likes to smoke a hookah and have his victims killed,' said the statement posted on the organization's website. 'It is clear that the ugly figure of Jabba and the whole scene smacks of racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against Asians and Orientals as people with deceitful and criminal personalities.'"

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here we go (4, Insightful)

Titan1080 (1328519) | about a year ago | (#42691649)

Is there anything left in the world that the big bad white man hasn't destroyed through 'racism'?

Re:here we go (5, Funny)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | about a year ago | (#42691703)

I am altering the world. Pray I don't alter it further.

Re:here we go (2)

SirGarlon (845873) | about a year ago | (#42691753)

Thailand and Japan. They're the only non-European countries that spring to mind that haven't been colonized by Europeans. I could be wrong.

Re:here we go (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691927)

Haven't spent much time in Japan, have you? With a massive military presence and US propaganda and... errr... culture everywhere, it's been occupied territory since the end of WW2.

Re:here we go (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about a year ago | (#42691931)

Thailand and Japan. They're the only non-European countries that spring to mind that haven't been colonized by Europeans. I could be wrong.

Also Afghanistan. The Macedonians, British, Russians, and Americans have all tried, but so far none have succeeded.

Re:here we go (4, Interesting)

SirGarlon (845873) | about a year ago | (#42692007)

Yeah, but I reserve judgment on whether Afghanistan is such a mess because of all those failed attempts, or if the Afghans deserve the blame themselves.

Re:here we go (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691937)

Yeah, it's not like Japan where gouvernd by the US after ww2...

Re:here we go (1)

MightyYar (622222) | about a year ago | (#42692069)

Doesn't Japan have a constitution that was written and imposed by the Americans? I guess Americans aren't "Europe", but they certainly were mostly European in the 1940s.

Re:here we go (5, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year ago | (#42691825)

Is there anything left in the world that the big bad white man hasn't destroyed through 'racism'?

...
Porn?

Re:here we go (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42692197)

Nope....

http://www.theonion.com/video/use-of-nword-may-end-porn-stars-career,14174/

The solution is in your comment (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691841)

The only bad guys you can safely portray in movies are white guys. So what if Jabba's Palace borrows some architectural, decorational and floral inspirations from the Persians. Having a villain with taste Persian trappings doesn't make any Persian a villain any more than owning a Walther PPK makes you a hero.

Perhaps most villains are white, but not all villians are white. And given that Vader and Palpatine where both very white, and Lando, Chewie, Yoda and R2 weren't, if anything I think it's the corn fed Nebraskans that should be offended.

Re:The solution is in your comment (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691921)

R2 looked pretty white to me. bits of him were blue I grant you, but it's cold here right now, bits of me are blue too!

Re:The solution is in your comment (5, Informative)

hermitdev (2792385) | about a year ago | (#42692201)

Never mind they're objecting over a structure (the Hagia Sophia) that was originally a Christian basilica. And, it's Byzantium architecture, not Persian.

Re:here we go (4, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | about a year ago | (#42692021)

Is there anything left in the world that the big bad white man hasn't destroyed through 'racism'?

Well, I guess that'll put the skids on the Armenian Genocide play set...

Huh? (5, Insightful)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | about a year ago | (#42691665)

This objection is silly because Jabba's Palace and the Hagia Sophia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hagia_Sophia [wikipedia.org] ) don't look much alike at all, other than having a dome, in which case they'd better prepare for a lot more outrage when they start to see other photos of the outside world...

Re:Huh? (3, Insightful)

atomicxblue (1077017) | about a year ago | (#42692033)

Rounded walls versus squared, lack of minarets and replaced with an off center tower that looks vaguely European, "sandstone" versus "granite", guns versus no guns -- they're EXACTLY alike.. *rolls eyes* The only thing they have is common is the arch over the door, but that is a common shape.

Actually Naboo Was Based on Hagia Sophia (5, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | about a year ago | (#42692067)

According to the "Behind the Scenes" on Episodes 1-3 Naboo's architecture was based on Hagia Sophia [wikia.com]. Examples: Hagia Sophia [sights-and-culture.com], Naboo [thisisnotatrueending.com], Titus Blue Mosque [imageshack.us], more naboo [blogspot.com].

Also ... it took them how long to notice this latent xenophobia? I'm not saying they're wrong, Lucas was a little unimaginative when he developed some of the Star Wars cultures but it's not like he presented Muslims like they did in the movie "True Lies."

Re:Actually Naboo Was Based on Hagia Sophia (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42692101)

Yea because Muslims NEVER form terrorist groups, blow up innocent people or launder money.

It NEVER HAPPENED.

Are you kidding?

Re:Actually Naboo Was Based on Hagia Sophia (4, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | about a year ago | (#42692245)

Yea because Muslims NEVER form terrorist groups, blow up innocent people or launder money.

It NEVER HAPPENED.

Are you kidding?

Right so that's why whenever Americans appear in a very popular Vietnamese movie the Americans murder and rape everyone? Because it's not like the My Lai Massacre [wikipedia.org] never happened.

All I meant was there are more blatant "all Muslims are bad" productions in American culture than Jabba's Sail Barge. I'm not saying Muslim based terrorism never happened. I'm not saying all Muslims are good. I'm not saying none of them launder money. I'm saying that the most prominent representations of them in movies and TV happen to be solely bad guys. But you can go ahead and list off all those Muslim turban wearing hero movies that Hollywood puts out every year. That'll show me. Hell, name one Hollywood male lead actor who's Muslim.

Re:Actually Naboo Was Based on Hagia Sophia (3, Insightful)

cervesaebraciator (2352888) | about a year ago | (#42692135)

Yeah. I'm Greek Orthodox and you know what? That doesn't offend me at all. The Hagia Sophia and all the churches and mosques inspired by it are largely beautiful buildings. There's no reason they shouldn't inspire buildings for "the good guys" and "the bad guys" in fantasy settings. There are far worse things that could be done the Hagia Sophia.

It's all Lego's fault. (2)

Minwee (522556) | about a year ago | (#42691667)

We all know that George Lucas would never stand for anything which smacked of racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against Asians and Orientals as people with deceitful and criminal personalities.

Multiculterialim[sic] (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691669)

Sucks the life out of everything.

Re:Multiculterialim[sic] (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691701)

Sucks the life out of everything.

Wrong, it's politically correctness bullshit that sucks the life out of everything.

No It Doesn't (2)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | about a year ago | (#42691679)

'It is clear that the ugly figure of Jabba and the whole scene smacks of racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against Asians and Orientals as people with deceitful and criminal personalities.

I have an Asian girl friend and she can't find anything offensive about this lego set. She showed it to her parents and they didn't see any issue with it and even her grandparents didn't see the issue. So as for it containing racial and prejudice against Asians, well not so much. Just because some people are to sensitive to everyday life doesn't make something offensive, it just makes them to sensitive to live the real world. Clearly someone or some small group got over worked up for no reason ( Like everyone over there does ) and hence we have a racist lego set.

Re:No It Doesn't (5, Insightful)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | about a year ago | (#42691813)

Too bad Lego responded to this nonsense and even offered an apology. Were I in charge of the company, I'd have offered a different reply: "We at the Lego company do not usually offer the following advice, but in this case we will go ahead and suggest that you grow up.". Seriously, some people...

Re:No It Doesn't (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691969)

I'm not sure anyone hypothetically running a toy company should issue a public statement telling people to "grow up".

Re:No It Doesn't (5, Informative)

gnasher719 (869701) | about a year ago | (#42692085)

Too bad Lego responded to this nonsense and even offered an apology

Responding is not bad; you said yourself that the company would have responded if you were in charge. And there was no apology either, the reply was "We regret that the product has caused the members of the Turkish cultural community to come to a wrong interpretation. " That's not an apology. That's saying these people are wrong.

Re:No It Doesn't (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691877)

So... this is reallly important to you.

Wow, no really, Jabba is a fictional character by Lucas, and if anyone should be accused of anything, it's the creator

Re:No It Doesn't (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691907)

I have an Asian girl friend...

Lies.

Re:No It Doesn't (1)

CCarrot (1562079) | about a year ago | (#42691915)

'It is clear that the ugly figure of Jabba and the whole scene smacks of racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against Asians and Orientals as people with deceitful and criminal personalities.

I have an Asian girl friend and she can't find anything offensive about this lego set. She showed it to her parents and they didn't see any issue with it and even her grandparents didn't see the issue. So as for it containing racial and prejudice against Asians, well not so much. Just because some people are to sensitive to everyday life doesn't make something offensive, it just makes them to sensitive to live the real world. Clearly someone or some small group got over worked up for no reason ( Like everyone over there does ) and hence we have a racist lego set.

Well, I was with you right up until that comment. Boo, fail.

Re:No It Doesn't (1)

Psyborgue (699890) | about a year ago | (#42691917)

I wish these Muslims wouldn't say "Asians" when they complain about something remotely resembling something having to do with Islam. I'm quite positive there are many Asians who don't like getting lumped together with Muslim middle easterners when they do or say something insane. Besides; criticizing a religion, which is not even what Lego did here, has absolutely nothing at all to do with race.

It follows, then.... (4, Insightful)

mark-t (151149) | about a year ago | (#42691691)

.... that their objection should be with Lucasfilm (or Disney, now, I suppose)... since the concept is actually theirs. All Lego does is license it.

Re:It follows, then.... (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year ago | (#42692207)

That is one way in which using logic would prevent them from making fools of themselves. I'd argue there would be other steps in the process where thinking before speaking would have stopped it, but that is one indeed.

And the dancing girls? (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691693)

I guess they're cool with the scandalously-dressed females Jabba keeps around, but Allah forbid he actually kills someone to make an example of them. That doesn't sound like any terrorist or criminal organization that exists today in that region of the world.

Blame Lucas, not Lego (3, Insightful)

SirGarlon (845873) | about a year ago | (#42691695)

If Star Wars Legos represent offensive racial stereotypes, then they're an accurate representation of the films. The Phantom Menace was quite striking in its overt caricatures of Japanese (Trade Federation), blacks (Jar-Jar), Jews (the flying blue dude who was Anakin's master). So it doesn't surprise me that Jabba is an offensive caricature of someone, too. Par for the course.

Re:Blame Lucas, not Lego (3, Insightful)

mark-t (151149) | about a year ago | (#42691757)

The Phantom Menace was quite striking in its overt caricatures of Japanese (Trade Federation), blacks (Jar-Jar), Jews (the flying blue dude who was Anakin's master).

I think that those racial stereotypes are only obvious when one is actively trying to look for them. Or.... you could just sit back and enjoy the story. Because you know, it's actually quite entertaining when you aren't trying to overanalyze it to pieces.

Re:Blame Lucas, not Lego (1)

SirGarlon (845873) | about a year ago | (#42691887)

I think that those racial stereotypes are only obvious when one is actively trying to look for them.

That's not the same as saying they aren't there.

Because you know, it's actually quite entertaining

Let's agree to disagree on that!

Re:Blame Lucas, not Lego (1)

mjr167 (2477430) | about a year ago | (#42691973)

How exactly is Jar-Jar supposed to be a black stereotype? Just because a character is portrayed in a negative light doesn't make them a stereotype of ?

Re:Blame Lucas, not Lego (2)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year ago | (#42692199)

It's supposed to be some sort of black stereotype from decades past. The actor was completely unaware of it until Spike Lee brought it up. Lucas may have been oblivious too.

The Jewish thing is just silly. So now every mindlessly greedy character is supposed to be something for the anti-defamation league to get upset about? Really. It's no longer an insult against a particular group when it's not that group being portrayed.

Some people just need a healthy dose of perspective.

Re:Blame Lucas, not Lego (1)

Trepidity (597) | about a year ago | (#42691949)

I often agree, but some of them were just... so in-your-face that it hardly requires much analysis. I mean, Jar-Jar's entire character is not subtle.

Re:Blame Lucas, not Lego (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about a year ago | (#42691985)

I watched the movie having never heard of these claims. I didn't notice anything with the trade federation, but the other two are as blatant a caricature of an ethnicity as you can get. You can't miss them.

If they think this is racist... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691773)

What will they say when they see the sand people?

Re:If they think this is racist... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691957)

No shit. If anything was ever a stereotype of the insane, illiterate, Muslims who shoot at anything that moves, they would be it.

So many things wrong here... (5, Informative)

eepok (545733) | about a year ago | (#42691699)

First, Lego didn't design Jabba's Palace. I'm pretty sure that was under LucasArts' realm.

Second, Jabba's Palace is modeled like all the other homes on Tatooine. Except his is bigger. It's desert design influencing desert design.

Third, Jabba's not the only one smoking from a hookah like device in the movie.

Fourth, omg stop being the dumb.

Re:So many things wrong here... (0)

CCarrot (1562079) | about a year ago | (#42691961)

First, Lego didn't design Jabba's Palace. I'm pretty sure that was under LucasArts' realm.

Second, Jabba's Palace is modeled like all the other homes on Tatooine. Except his is bigger. It's desert design influencing desert design.

Third, Jabba's not the only one smoking from a hookah like device in the movie.

Fourth, omg stop being the dumb.

Mod points if I had 'em to give...well summarized!

Re:So many things wrong here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42692217)

First, Lego didn't design Jabba's Palace. I'm pretty sure that was under LucasArts' realm.

Second, Jabba's Palace is modeled like all the other homes on Tatooine. Except his is bigger. It's desert design influencing desert design.

Third, Jabba's not the only one smoking from a hookah like device in the movie.

Fourth, omg stop being the dumb.

You forgot Zeroth, Turkey exists 40 years behind Hollywood and just now got the original Star Wars movies.

Talk to Lucas (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691705)

Go make your argument to Lucasfilm or 20th Century Fox. Lego is just pumping out a model based on IP developed by others, thanks to appropriate (and exclusive) licensing deals -- Lego is not responsible for any resemblance to actual places, persons, or events, implied or otherwise.

Pretty Sure It's Actually Based Off Of (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691711)

the movie. Just saying. Though I guess Jabba does look a little Asian.

Re:Pretty Sure It's Actually Based Off Of (1)

qwijibo (101731) | about a year ago | (#42692047)

Looks Asian? That's a tan, which is what you get when you do nothing but lay in the sun.

Look at the with rolls of fat - he's clearly an American. KFC missed an obvious product placement opportunity when that movie was made.

Luke and Leia? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691723)

Seems someone needs to post a follow-up parody press release comparing Luke and Leia to the Armenians.

I'm mad too (5, Insightful)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year ago | (#42691745)

I'm still mad at the makers of Silence of the Lambs for portraying Hannibal Lecter as a Caucasian male. I am a Caucasian male and it's clear that the whole movie the smacks of racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against Caucasians as people with deceitful and criminal personalities. Movies should stop having bad guys because it always paints some race or culture as having deceitful and criminal personalities and that upsets me.

Re:I'm mad too (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691951)

(Anonymous 'cause I've been moderating, sorry ...)

As a white male with a British RP accent (yes, even on Slashdot) I smile indulgently at the Hollywood habit of making the bad guy not only white male but also obviously British.

This doubtless reflects the fact that we are the only remaining ethnic group that can be relied upon not to have a chip on our shoulder about ethnicity.

(To be born an Englishman is to be dealt a winning hand in the game of life ...)

Re:I'm mad too (5, Informative)

Psyborgue (699890) | about a year ago | (#42692041)

It's the accent. You guys just sound really cool as the villain. Take it as a compliment.

Re:I'm mad too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691963)

Me too, my deceitful and criminal friend. And, were it not for laws and other enforcement agencies I would be up in arms against all who showed racial tendencies. Sadly that is everyone due to the nature of some aspects of the brain that seek out similarity and such but there are other regions of the brain that are bit predisposed towards violence thanks to are evolutionary past as hunters, warring tribes, etc.

Re:I'm mad too (1)

Jmc23 (2353706) | about a year ago | (#42692133)

hmm, what's the percentage of white serial killers in the USA compared to other ethnicities?

OH boy.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691755)

...were you go. To things:
1) if you have underlying issues with the SW Universe (and there's a few there) go talk to Lucas et al, not Lego;
2) Fuck you, i'm tired of all of you trying to make me live in a bubble.

Allah Akbar, Han Solo? (5, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year ago | (#42691761)

Huh.


And here I was thinking that Jabba was a caricature of American politicians - fat, stupid, lazy, ready to kill on a whim, and unable to speak anything but nonsensical gibberish.

But they did steal it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691765)

Why'd they take it I can't say, people just liked it better that way.

Can't decide if pareidolia or just PR (1)

OwenT (2778847) | about a year ago | (#42691779)

...but I suspect the latter. Why go after Lego rather than Lucasfilm (Disney?), otherwise?
You don't have the copyright on domed buildings and neither does George Lucas.

Laugh or cry? (1)

cristiroma (606375) | about a year ago | (#42691787)

From TFA: It is clear that the ugly figure of Jabba and the whole scene smacks of racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against Asians and Orientals as people with deceitful and criminal personalities.

Orientals have the most violent, deceiftul and criminal personalitites! Duh!

2 wrongs. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691795)

first up, not lego's fault the model is based on jaba's palace designed by Lucus Film and used in the franchise... secondly that's not a Mosque... it was a basilica/cathedral before (and for a longer period of time) it became a mosque. it was built by Christians.

Re:2 wrongs. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691853)

oh, and it's been a museum for since 1935 (dedicated in 360 CE and a basilica until 1453 until becoming a museum in 1935)

Also in the news.... (5, Funny)

Beer_Smurf (700116) | about a year ago | (#42691807)

Johnny Cash is also very offended that Darth Vader wears black and is dead.

Re:Also in the news.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691925)

This was great.

Actually, if Jabba The Hut was made to look like Johnny Cash, then it would racist against white men.

If they act like that (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691817)

I don't see any problem with portraying the fat alien who smokes hookah and likes to have people killed in a palace... Especially since the last few years seems to indicate it as the truth in little countries near Turkey that had to get overthrown to get rid of the people in palaces who liked to kill and torture people... I.e. grow up and get some balls people and perhaps some perspective while you're at it. People are going to sell what reflects reality in odd ways like scifi and Legos lol

Now, if only Jabba would accept democracy we could all live in peace and McDonalds would be happy to serve us whatever they think is meat and lots of sugar to increase your likelihood of getting diseases because it is so cheap to feed you processed foods.

Ridiculous (5, Informative)

theof (1004512) | about a year ago | (#42691835)

The Hagia Sofia was built as an Orthodox Christian Church, and was used as such for a thousand years. It was converted into a mosque when the Turks conquered the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire in 1453, and it's been a museum since 1931. As it's not a Turkish building, they should not be offended. I'm sick of the whining and attempts at playing the victim by some people. It's even more ridiculous that what they are claiming offense at isn't even a building which was built by their culture.

Re:Ridiculous (3, Informative)

operagost (62405) | about a year ago | (#42692131)

Indeed. Perhaps the Christian world should be denouncing them for never returning the structure to its rightful owners, or making amends for their atrocities:

In 1453 Sultan Mehmed laid siege to Constantinople, driven in part by a desire to convert the city to Islam. The Sultan promised his troops three days of unbridled pillage if the city fell, after which he would claim its contents himself. Hagia Sophia was not exempted from the pillage, becoming its focal point as the invaders believed it to contain the greatest treasures of the city. Shortly after the cityâ€(TM)s defenses collapsed, pillagers made their way to the Hagia Sophia and battered down its doors. Throughout the siege worshipers participated in the Holy Liturgy and Prayer of the Hours at the Hagia Sophia, and the church formed a refuge for many of those who were unable to contribute to the cityâ€(TM)s defense. Trapped in the church, congregants and refugees became booty to be divided amongst the invaders. The building was desecrated and looted, and occupants enslaved or slaughtered; a few of the elderly and infirm were killed, and the remainder chained.Priests continued to perform Christian rites until stopped by the invaders. When the Sultan and his cohort entered the church he insisted it should be at once transformed into a mosque. One of the Ulama then climbed the pulpit and recited the Shahada.

Rascism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691861)

How do the buildings, hookah, death, jabba-the-hut, or any of this actually have to do with race? If you ask me, ANYONE who claims "RACISM!" is the one that's being racist. Does it mean that if I see someone making fun of chewing tobacco, I get to claim that they're being racist against major league baseball, aka the American spirit? I guess I could, but aren't I then being racist? I've never understood racism, sorry guys.

Wait till they get a load of the new Jewbacca..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691873)

At least there aren't characters called Sand People. Or short people who deal in shady negotions whose names sound slightly anti-Semitic.

Victimhood is power - go get some (5, Informative)

bazmail (764941) | about a year ago | (#42691913)

Just try telling the Turks about the Armenian genocide committed by their troops in the early 20th century and you'll see their inner Jabba come out.

Ironic (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691923)

Isn't it considered racist to refer to someone as "Oriental"? It's an adjective for objects not people.

Re:Ironic (2)

guantamanera (751262) | about a year ago | (#42692143)

Isn't it considered racist to refer to someone as "Oriental"? It's an adjective for objects not people.

Is only aproblem with USA Orientals, and I think is because they do not know what the word means. In USA the word Asian is reserved only for people you know the different eye, sorry I could not find a better description. In the UK asian is reserved for Indians. example when offer food from that area they could say "do you want Asian or Chinese food" Where they say asian they meant Indian food. Oriental is just latin for eastern and western is occidental

If anything they should have a =go at George Lucas (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691933)

Arguable that they have a point, but why blame Lego, they should've accused George Lucas of orientalism back when the film first came out. Have they only just noticed Star Wars? :-/

Austria's Turkish community (2)

backslashdot (95548) | about a year ago | (#42691941)

When they say "Austria's Turkish community" they really mean a small vocal minority thereof. I bet most people in the Austrian Turkish community couldn't care less.

Re:Austria's Turkish community (4, Insightful)

idontgno (624372) | about a year ago | (#42692121)

I bet most people in the Austrian Turkish community are embarrassed as fuck to be associated with the specific whinging ass-rags..

FTFY. I hope.

Protest too much (1)

Citizen of Earth (569446) | about a year ago | (#42691945)

Such stupidity must be some kind of guerilla marketing strategy that Lucasfilm and LEGO are secretly behind to help promote their new product. Straw-man advertising.

the aya sofia (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42691993)

hasn't been a mosque for something like 60+ years; it's a museum. and if we want to play the 'well it used to be a mosque so I'm pissed off' game then the christians can say the exact same thing because it was a church for almost 1000 years and it was only a mosque for about 400 years.

Proposed solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42692103)

"'The terrorist Jabba the Hutt likes to smoke a hookah and have his victims killed, and he is not Turkish or arabic at all".

That should do it.

Define (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42692119)

Has anyone bothered to look up the definition of "Racism" or "Racist"

Religion is a choice and not a race. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42692147)

It only looks like a race if you don't bother to think about your religion.

Wait, WHICH Hagia Sophia are we talking about? (5, Funny)

argStyopa (232550) | about a year ago | (#42692209)

I'd love it if Lego replied:

  "We're not portraying the revered Hagia Sophia mosque of Istanbul (which, btw ISN'T EVEN A MOSQUE since it was secularized in 1931)...no, we're portraying the Hagia Sophia CHURCH, the most holy church in Christendom until it was conquered by 'the religion of peace' in 1453."

What's "whiny bitch" in Byzantine?

Jabba was not a terrorist (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42692229)

Jabba was a crime lord. Mafioso.

But all criminal activity is now terrorism, apparently...

Soooooooooo..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42692243)

They've not actually seen the FILMS then?

What you have to remember is that there are folk who are professionally outraged all the time, and are looking for ways to monetise that outrage. Or at least get what is in effect a licencing fee out of it.

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