More Muslims in Need of Insensitivity Training

More Muslims in Need of Insensitivity Training January 28, 2013

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.

Austria’s Turkish community said the model was based on Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul and that the accompanying figures depicted Asians and Orientals as people with “deceitful and criminal personalities.”

The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria released a statement calling for Lego to apologise for affronting religious and cultural feelings.

I sincerely hope that Lego either ignores this or simply issues a terse statement along the lines of, “Hah! Good one! You had us going for a minute. Oh. Wait! You’re serious? Bwahahahahahaha!”

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  • Pat

    I wonder if the turkish people are “sensitive” to just how they aquired that building in the first place.

    • victor


      I do see their point, though. As a male of Western European decent I am thoroughly appalled and offended at our potrayal in that photo as being so closed-minded and stuck in our ways that we’re set in stone — literally!

      • I hate to correct you, but carbonite is not stone. It is a metallic alloy.

        When human dignity is at stake, details matter.

        • victor

          Even Homer nods.

    • Great point, and beat me to it.

    • Andy, Bad Person

      This was exactly my reaction to this story a couple of days ago. If the LEGO set is meant to be offensive to anyone (and it’s not), it would be offensive to the Christians that actually built the Hagia Sophia.

  • ivan_the_mad

    So if that Lego building is the real-life analogue of the mosque over there, who is the real-life analogue of Jabba over there?

  • Chris M

    Boshooda. No beecha kandu Han Solo. Hohohohoh.

  • Maiki

    Except for the small fact that the Hagia Sophia is neither a mosque nor a church now. It is a museum, and has been so for like 70 years. They could have said it looks like one of the gazillion other mosques that are copies of the Hagia Sophia, I guess, but nobody cares about those. Or any building with a dome, I guess…

  • MarylandBill

    The Byzantine Christians (the few that remain since Turkey has spent the last century expelling them or worse) are offended that the Turks are claiming the right to be offended by a hack film maker using what originally was a Christian Church to represent evil.

    Sigh.. in any case, Turkey should not be offended at Lego, whose model clearly is based on the movie model, they should be offended at George Lucas.. but I suppose complaining 30 years after the fact only gets ignored.

  • Heather Price

    I wonder why they weren’t offended when the movie came out.

  • Thinkling

    More proof that outrage is a get-out-of-thought-free card.

  • Jonathan

    But it wasn’t an affront to religious and cultural feelings when the Turks invaded Constantinople?

  • Heather Price

    Nah. It was just Christians being overrun then, so they either a) don’t matter or b) had it coming.

  • Patrick J Loveless

    Hey! The Hagia Sophia is OURS, not the Moslems!