Toy company Lego is facing claims one of their play sets promotes racism against Muslims and Asians. Turkish leaders have called out the Lego Star Wars Jabba’s Palace set, which encourages kids to “Rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt’s desert palace!”
The Austrian Times reports a Turkish cultural group is up in arms over the toy they say is modeled after the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul. The group insists populating a Muslim temple with machine guns and criminals is sacrilegious. They also bemoan the “terrorist” Jabba the Hutt’s smoking of water pipes and execution of his victims.
Calling the Lego set “pure racism,” the organization alleges it insults not only Muslims, but also Asian communities. In a statement, the group promises to take legal action and makes the following accusation:
“It is apparent that, for the figure of the repulsive bad guy Jabba and the whole scenery, racial prejudices and hidden suggestions against Orientals and Asians were used as deceitful and criminal personalities (slaveholders, leaders of criminal organizations, terrorists, criminals, murderers, human sacrifice).”
They also have a major problem with Darth Maul’s image on the toy’s packaging because he wears a “shocking red and black devil’s scowl.”
Lego, for their part, says the palace was not designed to reflect any specific building. A spokesperson tells The Telegraph, “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.”