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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:05 AM

Lego accused of racism with Star Wars set

Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community over a Star Wars model that supposedly resembles one of Istanbul’s most revered mosques.
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“The terrorist Jabba the Hutt likes to smoke a hookah and have his victims killed,” said the statement posted on the organisation’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.”

The crimes associated with the figures, the statements adds, include terrorism, slavery, murder and human sacrifice.

Taking into account that many of the Lego figures carry weapons, the Turkish organisation also urged parents “not to buy toys of war or toys of discrimination” as the model goes against the “peaceful coexistence of different cultures in Europe”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/austria/9820517/Lego-accused-of-racism-with-Star-Wars-set.html

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Reply Lego accused of racism with Star Wars set (Original post)
The Straight Story Jan 2013 OP
BumRushDaShow Jan 2013 #1
Quantess Jan 2013 #2
BumRushDaShow Jan 2013 #5
snooper2 Jan 2013 #3
Earth_First Jan 2013 #4

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:11 AM

1. "Return of the Jedi" came out 30 years ago this year

Sortof a big delay in bringing the issue up although Lucas has been accused of such before (which prompted the appearance of Billy Dee Williams in the cast).

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:17 AM

2. Hmmm... have they not seen the movie?

Also, it never occurred to me that Jabba the Hut was supposed to be human.
I don't know... I'm just not seeing it. But then what do I know, I'm not Turkish.

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Response to Quantess (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 10:01 AM

5. Actually in the original cut of Star Wars

Jabba was a human.



Later they tried this -



but he kept eating the extras.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:32 AM

3. ROFL ROFL ROFL



If people spent as much time cleaning up trash as they did looking for ways to be offended our various countries would be a much cleaner place

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:34 AM

4. This is akin to PETA taking after Nintendo for Mario wearing a fur coat...

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