Toy manufacturer, Lego, has come under fire by Islamists in Turkey for disrespecting the faith via a portion of their Star Wars collection. Specifically, the palace of Jabba the Hut, which they say resembles the Hagia Sophia temple in Istanbul, pictured below.
The toy, pictured at the top of this article, comes complete with missile launchers and other weapons, as well as mock surveillance equipment. Turkish Muslims state that the toy is 'racist,' and an offense to Islam, although they have not yet commented on their belief that Islam is a 'race.'
Another report filed by The Telegraph revealed that an unidentified man filed a complaint with the group after purchasing the toy for his sister. A statement released by the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria released on 23 January, said,
"The terrorist Jabba the Hutt likes to smoke a hookah and have his victims killed. 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 LEGO designers try to reproduce all buildings, space ships and characters from the movies as close as possible.
"The LEGO Group regrets that the product has caused the members of the Turkish cultural community to interpret it wrongly, but point out that the design of the product only refers to the fictional content of the 'Star Wars' saga."
So far, no reply from the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria has been received as to Lego's reply.
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