Is This LEGO Star Wars Toy Racist?

Racism is sadly alive and well in the world, but in a LEGO Star Wars toy set?

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Racism is sadly alive and well in the world, but in a LEGO Star Wars toy set?

Have a look at the picture above: That’s LEGO’s rendition of “Jabba’s Palace,” as in Jabba the Hutt, the giant alien slug-creature that hassled Han Solo and his pals over a snarling sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi. According to the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria, it’s also a racially prejudiced riff on at least two revered religious structures, reports The Telegraph.

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TCCA apparently believes the toy set resembles the Hagia Sophia, originally a structure in Istanbul that began life as an Orthodox basilica in 360, became a mosque in 1453 and was eventually converted to a museum in 1935; TCCA further alleges it resembles the 7th century Jami’ al-Kabir mosque in Beirut. What’s more, writes TCCA according to a Google Translate version of the page (originally in German):

It is clear that the figure of the ugly villain Jabba and the whole scene [exemplifies] racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against … Orientals and Asians as sneaky and criminal personalities (slaveholders, leaders of criminal organizations, terrorists, criminals, murderers, human sacrifice)…

A picture posted on TCCA’s website shows the toy structure with pictures of the Hagia Sophia mosque and red connector arrows drawing comparisons between the toy palace’s dome and the mosque’s, and suggesting the accompanying toy tower resembles a minaret. TCCA thus calls on LEGO to, among other things, “apologize publicly for the violation of religious and cultural feelings.”

LEGO’s actual toy description sounds innocuous enough: “Rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt’s desert palace! Avoid the trap door and roof-mounted missles [sic] to free Han Solo from Jabba’s Palace, with poseable Jabba and all-new Salacious Crumb.”

Not so, says TCCA on its site — alleging that the Gamorrean guard in the tower represents an Islamic prayer leader “as a criminal with an ax and rifle;” that the tower contains “several assault rifles” (presumably implicating its residents as warlike); and that “[the] terrorist Jabba the Hutt likes to smoke a hookah and have his victims killed.”

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TCCA may care to check its aim: LEGO Jabba’s Palace is based on the detailed sets and backdrops created for Return of the Jedi, after all. Whatever George Lucas was channeling in the original design, the palace, the tower and Jabba himself have been around for decades.

84 comments
Michael314
Michael314

If your are uneducated, unenlighted and  a moron, then you will think this building is racist. First it is a toy depicting a building in a movie set 30 years ago. Get a grip with reality if your ass has not seen the movie.


Second if you dont know architecture or if you have never played with legos then you will go with the ignorant statement. So what a lego picture looks like a building. That is the whole freaking point. to have kids and young adult image and build. take the imagination and grow. It is not their fault that you are so backwards in thought and ideals that you the TCCA stunts growth of the mind and human condition called "IMAGINATION". Go be useful in feeding a village or something that bring humility to you fracked up brains.

madhi19
madhi19

The better question should be. Is the article a click bait?  Yes it is.

elvnsword
elvnsword

O good grief, 


It is a move, a movie about a badguy who lives in the desert, so they looked at what famous desert building look like nad made something that resembled that... This is overthinking on the most stupid of levels... As for the toy, well it is based off the movie building...

cerphre
cerphre

GMAFB!!! This world has gone insane.

aztecian
aztecian

yes...racism and the KKK are involved.

nsaeon
nsaeon

Wasn't the Hagia Sophia originally a Christian place of worship?

DanielConner
DanielConner

I just googled pictures of the two landmarks in question and neither looks like Jabba's palace.

TraceyBosnan
TraceyBosnan

Jar Jar Says:   MEESAH THINKS THIS HOLY PLACE.

MEE SA THINK THIS A MOSQUE. 

TraceyBosnan
TraceyBosnan

JAR JAR BINKS :   Patricia J. Williams suggested that many aspects of Jar Jar's character are highly reminiscent of the archetypes portrayed in blackfaceminstrelsy.    (Wikipedia).

So yes, this follows in that vein.   JAR JAR== Lego Mosue == American Stereotypes.  

It all makes sense now, lol.

RunningWriting
RunningWriting

I don't think this toy is racist. But I'm always surprised at the virulent response to these stories by commenters, who seem to be outraged as much by the implication that racism itself still exists. They seem to think that racism does not exist anywhere.

JazzMan
JazzMan

Stop it! STOP IT RIGHT NOW! Political correctness has gone haywire and people see racism where none exists.

punkybrewster1221
punkybrewster1221

ITS NOT LIKE THEYRE MAKING FUN OF JESUS OR ANYTHING THIS DOESNT EVEN HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WIH RELIGION JUST AN ETHNIC GROUP AND FOREIGN GOVEERNMENT TRYING TO MAKE SOME FREE HARD EARNED AMERIAN DOLLARS SMH......

newton
newton

Keep in kind, the Hagia Sophia was former Orthodox Christian basilica, before the Muslim Turks invaded, killed the populace and stole the church, eventually converting it to a Mosque and later a museum, so shouldn't Christians be offended too? It's really their building, it was just stolen by Muslims.

elvenforest10
elvenforest10

Jesus, some people really need to get a life.

TNH
TNH

It's called coincidence, not racism.  To suggest anything else is absolutely absurd. 

Innovation
Innovation

This is exactly the same as when the English complained that all the Imperial Officers had English accents, thus portraying the English as evil...

Oh wait, they didn't... people need to stop thinking everything relates to race and is somehow a shot at someone or something. 

starcarlton
starcarlton

Jabba no tousa de honka vie - NO BARGAIN

wardenm
wardenm

I am totally going to go buy this now and add it with my other sets... JUST because everyone is making such a big deal out of it!

jmwo99
jmwo99

yes, because subconsciously, the creators are racist. Two words: Jar Jar. Case closed.

wishiwasthedoctor
wishiwasthedoctor

Yes. Because nowadays everything is racist to someone, somewhere.

eduhsim
eduhsim

All I can say of the TCCA is this: "It takes one to know one."

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

I haven't even seen the toy but will answer with an emphatic "YES!" because we all need to be permanently outraged about something or other.

It's also gun-grabbing, terrorist-coddling and makes war on Christmas.

AJBrown
AJBrown

Just saying that if you pull up a picture of Jabba's Palace and a picture of the Hagia Sophia and compare both of those pictures with the Lego's toy set, it looks like Jabba's Palace. If they want to blame anyone, blame the Star Wars franchise for making it look like that in the first place. Lego is just trying to make money off of Star Wars fans, there is nothing wrong with that.

DavidMeyers
DavidMeyers

Probably the most useless article in the world. Are trying to to look for racism? Because that's a racist pursuit.


MichaelCollins
MichaelCollins

I see something that looks like the old Seattle Superdome next to the Space Needle.

EmmaTNS
EmmaTNS

?? This is the second time I've made this comment on your site today - people are Muslim, not Islamic - there is no such thing as an 'Islamic' prayer leader. This is a surprisingly basic editing error to see in more than one article. 

AugustineJones
AugustineJones

Well, it took a while, but I have now offically heard it all.  I can retire from reading stories on the internet as I have finally read the dumbest one ever.  Congratualtions go out to the TCCA on their accomplishment for dumbest statement ever.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

The only thing that's "clear" to me is that the TCCA needs to get a different hobby.  

If one looks at desert fortifications over the centuries, the toy seems suited to that kind of structure and environment.  Maybe they didn't see the movie, or realize that Tatooine (the home base of Jabba the Hutt) was a desert planet.  Or maybe they spend their time going over western pop culture with a paranoid microscope looking for Boojums and Bosons and other bugaboos that they can twist into some sort of accusation to justify their existence.

I mean, the other side of the coin could be an American anti-defamation society complaining about how their traditional styles of dress mock the upholstery we have and is "obviously" racist.

But something tells me that in both case, garb is just something to wear and the toy is just a toy.  If they don't like it, they don't have to buy it.

StephanGauche
StephanGauche

Do people really have to try this hard to find reasons to be offended about shit these days? Bloody ridiculous. 

Seriously TCCA, pull your head out of your ass and STFU.

PabloFlores
PabloFlores

Dear Turkish Cultural Community of Austria, You guys pulling the race card on Lego is silly. You nutty silly Turkish guys. That toy looks like a lighthouse next to a cookie jar... or a saltshaker next to Giligans hut. If it looks like a piece of your history so what... it kinda looks like a boob next to a wang if you want to be honest. You look for racism in something you will find it. This is not racist. If I said all Turks are dirty despite the baths,  well then you could play the racism card . To go after a toy to drum up attention and press. Tisk Tisk

SJH0627
SJH0627

i can't believe that i actually read this article...this orgnization claiming racisim really needs to get their priorities straight...and just shut up.

EBV
EBV

There's one race of people the planet: The Human Race.  For those individuals choosing to deem toys, or sculptures that happen to look similar to anything within the country or immediate city, town, village, hut, or rock from which they are peering out from underneath...many members of other religious backgrounds (who will still respect all of the beauty and traditions you practice) are here to aide you in your greater reawakening:  Racism exists in the minds of people who are unwilling to accept we are all part of the same miraculous creation; and, like any loving child, we all must realize a TOY is a TOY (no matter the size or destructive force); if we don't like the TOY, don't buy it.  Or, buy it (and find a way to re-use it in a NON-violent or destructive way)....For instance:  Why doesn't the Turkish guy take the guns off of the model, take Jabba the Hut out of it.....and use it as a scale replica and something they are proud of?!  IF they feel it represents the temple that accurately!

StephenWise
StephenWise

How exactly can one be racist against a religion?

MJBrewer
MJBrewer

First of all, a toy cannot be racist; that would be the creator of the toy.  Secondly, I see more sexism in Barbie than I see racism in this toy.  Can we find something newsworthy, people?

geggy
geggy

Move along, these are not the Muslims you are looking for...

postscript6167
postscript6167

you'll find racism in a spoonful of cold mashed potatoes if you look hard enough.

BuzzBayless
BuzzBayless

Aw, they're just making up stuff to be offended by now...

azuradevon
azuradevon

I thought it looked like a Yurt actually. 


orlando__
orlando__

If you pull your head out of your bottom you will see it is not racist but rather just a toy.

CanofSand
CanofSand

@RunningWriting Race-baiters have far more influence than anti-minority racists in the United States. Institutionalized racism exists, just not in the way the professional victims claim it does.

madeux
madeux

@EmmaTNS This is like when the leaders of the LDS church asked the media to stop calling members of the church "Mormon's", and refer to them as Latter-Day Saints.  It's the same thing.  The LDS church has since embraced the use of the term Mormon's, and Islamic people (aka Muslims) need to do that as well.  There are plenty of real offenses taking place in the word, you don't have to try to create one.

TangoYankee
TangoYankee

@AugustineJones I really wouldn't bet the farm on that! Something even more outlandish will probably come along in a day or two.

KellyH.SauseColeman
KellyH.SauseColeman

@EBV  amen to that EBV! Great philosophy and keep spreading those ideas...hopefully someday everyone in the Great Human Race will see it this way.

RunningWriting
RunningWriting

@CanofSand @RunningWriting 

Oh really? There are still some industries where outright racial hostility and exclusion is acceptable, particularly in more lucrative and affluent fields. And even in more subtle cases, management and professions tend to be far less racially diverse. Not all of it is explainable by qualifications since a major component of hiring decisions is the type of person the company/group is "comfortable" with. While the comfort factor is not always used as a racial/ethnic litmus test, in reality it often is.

ytmaya
ytmaya

@RunningWriting @CanofSand you know, those who cry "racist" are the most racist people of all... if a white owner (of any establishment) hires all white employees, everyone would cry "racist"... But then when minority, like an Asian (like in Asian restaurant) hires all Asian crew, nobody says anything (I am Asian by the way) and I don't like that... And even African American owner does the same, nothing... even the law says you have to have certain percentage of minority in your crew... but if it was 100% minority, it is okay... THAT IS RACIST against the whites...