Muslims Claim Jabba’s Palace Lego Toy Is Racist as It Is ‘Based on Iconic Mosque in Istanbul’

Mario Ledwith, Daily Mail (London), January 23, 2013

Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community over a Star Wars toy allegedly depicting  a mosque.

The critics claim that the Jabba’s Palace model, part of Lego’s Star Wars range, offends Muslims as it resembles the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul – one of the world’s most renowned mosques.

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Members of the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria group also accused the toy manufacturer of depicting Asians as having ‘deceitful and criminal personalities’.

The group has released a statement calling for an apology from Lego for its cultural insensitivity.

The Lego set is based on the home of Jabba the Hutt, a central character in the Star Wars series, who lives in a domed palace, with a separated watchtower.

As well as bearing a likeness to the Hagia Sophia mosque, the Turkish group also claimed the toy takes its design from the Jami al-Kabir mosque in Beirut – while the watchtower is said to resemble a minaret.

A post on the community’s website contains a picture of the slug-like creature’s Lego home, pointing out similarities with the Istanbul mosque.

Outraged Muslims have criticised the toy producer on the community’s website, accusing it of deliberately placing contextual errors in the toy.

The case came to light when a Turkish man expressed his dissatisfaction with the toy after it was purchased for his son by a family member.

After investigating, Dr Melissa Günes, General Secretary of the Turkish Cultural Community, said that Lego had been contacted with an official complaint.

A statement posted on the organisation’s website refers to Jabba the Hutt as a ‘terrorist’ and says that he ‘likes to smoke hookah and have his victims killed’.

It adds: ‘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.’

The statement says that the figures in the set are made to resemble ‘terrorists, criminals and murderers’.

Referring to weapons contained in the set, the statement suggests that the ‘combination of temple building and bunker facilities where shots are fired cannot be appropriate for children between 9 and 14 years old’.

It concludes: ‘One would expect more empathy and responsibility from a manufacturer of toys that has produced toys and models that are good for teaching for decades.’

The organisation also says it is planning legal action in Austria, Germany and Turkey against the toy firm if it does not get a satisfactory response.

Lego’s Katharina Sasse 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.’

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  • Triarius

    The Hagia Sophia is not a mosque. It was a church for over 1000 years and now is a museum. But I hope one day to see it become a church again.

    • Exactly, I find it insulting that worshipers of a heathen moon god control the Hagia Sophia. Worse I find it disgusting that so many “western” people have so little knowledge of our own history that they would accept or even give any credence to the claims of Turks who destroyed Byzantium and took the Hagia Sophia by force. The whole siege and defeat of Constantinople was a nightmare of rape, pillage, torture, and murder. Too bad we live in such “civilized” times or we could put the heads of some lawyers on pikes or at least cut out their tongues.

      • Triarius

        In fact, Islam got the star and crescent symbol from ancient Byzantium (Constantinople). That was Byzantium’s flag stretching back to the bronze age. Ottomans were first to put it on a flag about 2000 years later after taking the city, iirc.

        The star and crescent was originally an ancient Greek symbol, followed by a Christian symbol used by the Byzantines (medieval Romans), similar to the Chi Ro.

      • veritas_lux_mea

        The taking of Constantinople by the Turks was every bit as brutal and bloody as the taking of Jerusalem by the Crusaders a few hundred years earlier. But only the latter is ever discussed or portrayed today, for the typical reasons.

      • MartelC

        also remember that it was european traitors (mercenaries) that constructed the cannon that brought down the walls of Constantinople. We have always been our worst enemies.

        I too, long for the day when mass is celebrated in Hagia Sophia. .

        • Yes a Hungarian built three giant siege cannons that breached a wall of Constantinople, the first and only time that the city was taken by force.

          • HamletsGhost

            Same with the saddle and bridle technology that allowed the white Scythians to be the first people to domesticate the horse. That technology was appropriated by the Mongols who turned it against its creators.

            Whites are second to none when it comes to technics. What we have been missing to our cost is a worldview that allows us to keep the gifts of our brilliance to ourselves.

          • CourtneyfromAlabama

            Yet another white invention that those brilliant Chinese are given credit for.

        • SintiriNikos

          Not to mention the 4th Crusade from which the City and the Empire never fully recovered before the Ottomans dealt the death blow. Regarding this article, I wonder if the author meant the Blue Mosque, but even so, that one is a copy of Hagia Sophia, with the spectacular dome and all.

        • saxonsun

          It is Greek–we say “liturgy,” not “mass.” That’s Catholic.

      • Guest

        Indeed sir! Our children are taught that the Crusades were “violent” and “intolerant” instead of “heroic” and “honorable” as they should be/

      • TeutonicKnight67

        Indeed sir! Our children are taught that the Crusades were “violent” and
        “intolerant” instead of “heroic” and “honorable” as they should be!

        • PesachPatriot

          The entire middle ages could be described as violent and intolerant…yeah some nasty stuff happened during the crusades, but Islam didn’t conquer a huge stretch of territory from morocco to india by baking baklawa for everyone and singing kumbuya. The teaching of history, to quote fox news, should be “fair and balanced” My favorite book on the subject is british historian Sir Steven Runciman’s 3 volume history of the crusades which was written in the 1920’s or 30’s I think.

      • saxonsun

        As a Half-Greek, I find it not only insulting but worth a fight. I can’t even bring myself to say “Istanbul.” It will always be “Constantinople.”

        • Michael_C_Scott

          “Byzantium”.

    • CourtneyfromAlabama

      Most white people are clueless about the history of that entire region. What passes for “historic Muslim Arab/Turkish achievement” in our modern history books wouldn’t have been possible without prior achievements by Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Christian, and Persian peoples in that region. Ask the average white American who invented the dome or Algebra, and they will say “the arabs”.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      How many millions of Europeans were enslaved for centuries by Muslim slavers? Lo, verily, one might construct a theory regarding the sad state of the Muslim world for the last 2-4 centuries in which the culprit is not evil European whiteness, but the fact that as evil European whiteys grew powerful enough to defend themselves, the Muslims were forced more and more to Deepest Darkest for their human chattel.

      Hey, who knows what IQ the early Muslim Arabs had? Certainly they took SSA’s (Sub Saharan Africans) as long as they were taking Europeans if not longer considering the location of the Arabian peninsula, but they seemed to prefer, especially for the purpose of forced rape slavery (concubinage), white Europeans. According to Ibn Khaldun in the 13th century, “the Black nations are, as a rule, submissive to slavery, because (Blacks) have little that is (essentially) human and possess attributes that are quite similar to those of dumb animals”.

      Until the modern industrial era, however, the slow genetic low IQ civilizational undertow of rampant breeding with SSA’s was perhaps countered, slowed down, resisted, by the large influx of white Europeans and Asiatic Caucasians. Despite continued Barbary raids into Europe until well into the 19th century, however, the sources of white slaves dried up as Europe became strong. Yet Muslim demand for slaves remained the same, so…

      More and more SSA slaves + less and less White slaves = lower average IQ and a plethora of R-style breeder idiocy, violence, rage, inhumanity, anti-intellectual intolerance which translates into a sulking, seething, envy of those whose lifestyles and systems are better – us. Which is pretty much what I see when I look at that part of the world.

      And of course they, reflexively encouraged and enabled by traitorous, racially suicidal Quislings among us, BLAME US FOR THEIR PROBLEMS!

      Like…we won’t let them enslave us?

      Millions upon millions of evil white Eurasians enslaved for centuries by good slaver Muslims…and we were the bad guys in the crusades, eh? According to the liblefty duckspeak machine and the intellectual mandarins who keep it spinning!

      Totalitarian democracy is slavery.

      • CourtneyfromAlabama

        I don’t think “arabs ” as we know them ever had higher IQs than Indo Europeans. People in this movement go a little crazy with the “breeding with Sub Saharan Africans” theory, as if we are supposed to believe that that is the only reason the Middle East is behind Europe today. People seem to forget that in Ancient times the Middle East was comprised of Hamites, Semites, as well as Indo Europeans. All three were caucasian but only one was white. Arabs have always been semites. Yes, they produced great civilizations, but none as great as those of Indo Europeans.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          There were times when “arabs” were more organized than a lot of Europeans, but that never seemed to last very long, and why were they only able to advance barely past the coastlines of most of Europe?

          Well, the Arabs managed to overrun some 4/5 of Spain, which included areas more than a few miles from the coast. Vienna, in the case of the Turks, is pretty far from any coast. And too, most people actually do live fairly close to some coast or another, or have throughout most of human existence., so only hitting the coasts isn’t a failure.

          A huge chunk of white slaves were taken from the vulnerable steppes of the Ukraine and modern Russia, from the Caucasus mountains as well. When we factor in the huge amount of SSA slaves brought in (look up the Zanj revolt – at one time southern Iraq may have been over half SSA slaves – go figger, eh:?) over the entire period, say 70 – IQ’ers, and these folks intermix…are we not going to have a lower average IQ? regardless of whatever the Semitic Arabs had? And when a significant number of higher IQ European whites are thrown in, should that not serve some to raise the average IQ?

          I don’t know. Seems kind of logical to me.

  • The__Bobster

    Jabba was a Turk? Well. I’ll be.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgZYEMR7DpY

  • PesachPatriot

    As a star wars fan this is ridiculous. The play set looks nothing like the hagia sophia and I have visited it once. Its funny how the religion of peace gets all upset over childrens toys and unflattering cartoons but whistles dixie when muslim dictators like Assad or Saddam Hussein murder and torture women and children. FIle this under who cares….I might go buy one of these for my kid now just to annoy them.

  • guest

    Two questions come to mind on this.

    1. What doesn’t offend Muslims? They now complain about a Lego toy, so goodness knows what they’ll complain about next.

    2. Who in the right mind still thinks it’s possible to integrate peacefully with them, knowing they want to change everything as they see fit?

    These Muslims don’t care about how we feel or how we want to live our lives. Everywhere they’re at, they just want everything to be ruled under Islam.

  • Why aren’t white people complaining about how Jabba the Hutt went from a burly human, and became a giant slug? Original Jabba below, cut from the movie.

  • Use

    There is nothing Muslim about the Hagia Sophia. The Hagia predates that pathetic religion and that religions followers have never built anything it’s equal nor will they.

  • Jss

    There is nothing Muslim about the Hagia Sophia. The Hagia predates Mohammed and the followers of his cult never have and never will build anything it’s equal.

  • Law suits like this are just Dhimmi training for the West. They use our own institutions against us and can judge the progress of their drive towards world domination by their success. Our so called virtue of tolerance is seen by them as nothing more than moral bankruptcy and societal weakness.

  • Strider73

    IMHO the Hutts should file a class-action lawsuit for the gross insult of being compared to Muslims.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I agree, and to the best of my knowledge, grotesque talking slugs have never flown airliners full of innocent Americans into office buildings. On the other hand, grotesque slugs still control our government.

  • IstvanIN

    The Austrians have more pressing issues than Turkish Muslims in their midst, like persecuting the Hapsburg almost 100 years after the end of WW1. They actually have anti-Hapsburg clauses in their constitution. But Muslims, no problem.

    • PesachPatriot

      I was always interested in the Hapsburg dynasty…are there any still alive?

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Yes, and they still have big noses.

        • PesachPatriot

          Isn’t that ironic…a nation which was the first in history to overthrow the divine right of kings now hosts the worlds deposed royalty…what was the name of the Hohenzollern who met his end in Poland?

          My wife is a big fan of Romanov history….when I lived up north and got lazy about shaving during winter people would sometimes tell me I looked like Rasputin….also who is the british bacon family? I have never heard of them before….I can’t believe France is still worried about the heirs of the Bourbons or Napoleon causing trouble.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            The Bacons were famous scientists and clergymen. Roger Bacon was the first to produce gunpowder in England. I once worked with a chemist descended from him. The face – and especially the nose – was absolutely the same.

    • TeutonicKnight67

      Is this true??? Please elaborate Istvan! Where can I see this? I had such hope for Austria.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    There is a website out there called the Brick Bible where passages from the Bible are pictured using lego sets. What would happen if some enterprising muslim tried the same thing with the Koran? (I’m guessing death would be swift & sure). We could use legos to demonstrate beheadings, genital mutilation, and many of the other aspects of the those who worship the moon god Allah.

    These people are offended by everything and we might as well accommodate them,

    http://thebrickbible.com/

  • Greg Thomas

    When aren’t muslims offended over something?

  • bigone4u

    Leggo did not grovel before the infidels. That’s progress.

  • TeutonicKnight67

    Deus Vult! I am so heartened by the comments I have read here that I was nearly brought to tears. May we all attend High Mass at the Cathedral of St. Sophia together my brothers and sisters!! And hopefully very soon!

    • SintiriNikos

      Knight, hear hear! Not to pick nits but I believe even though Hagia translates to Saint, in this context it means Holy (or Saintly) Wisdom, ie. not in honor of a Saint named Sophia. This is the Cathedral of the Holy Wisdom (of Christ). Cheers!

    • saxonsun

      To a Greek, “High Mass” is almost as bad as islam crap.

  • Sherman_McCoy

    I’m more concerned that this toy costs around 125 Euros on line. Sorry kids, maybe for Christmas, if you’re really good and don’t bring home any turks to play.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      You’re right; that’s not much in the way of Legos for so much money. I make 1/6 scale Nevewinter Nights toys for my daughter, though I will never, ever do proper chainmail again. They don’t cost much; to make, as the skeletons are scrap steel rod stock.

      She wants warg-riders, so I have a half-dozen dire wolves and more orcs in the works. What should I do, get a regular day job so I can support a bunch of Africans on welfare? For family, work costs me absolutely nothing.

      • Sherman_McCoy

        F’ing A, bro. F’ing A.

      • MarcusTrajanus

        That sounds awesome, do you have any examples of tor work online?

    • PesachPatriot

      Isn’t 125 euros almost 200 american dollars? seems pretty expensive for a lego playset…

  • SintiriNikos

    There is a good video on AmRen archives of an Austrian MP passionately speaking out against the Turks in his country, specifically comments by a Turkish ambassador. Lots of applause amidst some traitorous catcallers. I think it is fitting that modern political battles like this happen in the country where Europe was saved at the Gates of Vienna.

  • HamletsGhost

    I think they’d have a better case in the portrayal of Jabba himself. An odious, fat tyrant surrounded by henchmen and courtesans sounds like a copy of the Ottoman pashas.

    And what about the “sand people”? They were copied straight from the Bedouin!

    • FelixKrull

      I think they’d have a better case in the portrayal of Jabba himself. An
      odious, fat tyrant surrounded by henchmen and courtesans sounds like a
      copy of the Ottoman pashas.

      I actually think that complaint is hillarious. They are in effect claiming that this shoe fits them.

    • PesachPatriot

      please lets be PC….I believe they prefer to be called tusken raiders and they walk single file to hide their numbers…sorry I’m a huge star wars nut and I couldn’t resist.

  • FelixKrull

    And the Hagia Sophia is not a mosque, it’s a museum. Used to be a basilica, of course, an Orthodox cathedral and a masterpiece of Roman engineering and architecture.