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Turks accuse Lego of 'racism in Star Wars toy

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What race is Muslim?

A Turkish community organization in Austria has accused the makers of Lego toys of racism against Muslims.

The Daily Mail reports that The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria (TTCCA) has charged the Danish-based toymaker with purposefully depicting Jabba the Hutt’s palace as the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul.

Besides claiming that Jabba’s domicile is a ringer for Hagia Sophia, the group also claims the slug-like crime kingpin’s dingy digs also bear an uncanny resemblance to the Jami al-Kabir mosque in Beirut.

If claims that the Hutt’s hut resembles the mosques in question aren’t proof enough of Lego’s overt bigotry, TTCCA also complains that Jabba’s watchtower could pass for a minaret.

A statement posted on TTCCA’s website refers to the Star Wars character as a “terrorist” who “likes to smoke hookah and have his victims killed.” The statement 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 website statement goes on to complain that the Lego figures “are made to resemble ‘terrorists, criminals and murderers.'”

In a morbid example of truth being stranger than fiction, TTCCA objects to the toy weapons contained in the set as being inappropriate “for children between 9 and 14 years old.”

Yet TTCCA has yet to raise objections to the glorification of suicide bombers by Palestinians who often attire their children as such.

T. Kevin Whiteman is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines. He is the founder of the blog Unapologetically Rude and has written for Examiner and other blogs.

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