Political Correctness in Legoland
“This sort of thing does not belong in a child’s bedroom, … The game is pedagogical dynamite. It depicts Muslims as terrorists.” — Melissa Gunes, spokeswoman for Austria’s Turkish Cultural Association
Report: Lego To Stop Production Of ‘Star Wars’ Set Due To Anti-Muslim Backlash
ENFIELD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) — Lego will reportedly cease production of a popular “Star Wars” toy set after Muslim communities complained about the product.
The Independent reports that several Muslim groups in Austria claimed “Jabba’s Palace” was anti-Muslim as it showed popular “Star Wars” character Jabba the Hut in a mosque-like lair with a hookah, guns and an imprisoned Chewbacca.
“This sort of thing does not belong in a child’s bedroom,” Melissa Gunes, spokeswoman for Austria’s Turkish Cultural Association, told The Independent. “The game is pedagogical dynamite. It depicts Muslims as terrorists”
RT News reports that Muslim critics felt “Jabba’s Palace” looked like the Hagia Sophia and the Jami al-Kabir mosques.
“We are very grateful and congratulate Lego on the decision to take Jabba’s Palace out of production,” Birol Killic, president of the Turkish Cultural Association, told RT News.
The uprising against the Lego set began earlier this year when a father in Austria’s Islamic community found that his sister bought it as a present for his son, according to The Independent.
Lego originally fought back against the claims that “Jabba’s Palace” was anti-Muslim but will now reportedly stop production of the set in 2014.
Jabba the Hut was first introduced in “Return of the Jedi” in 1983 and the Lego set first hit shelves in 2012.
CBS Connecticut has reached out to Lego for comment.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: This is just another example of using political correctness to shape public opinion and by wielding the sword of imagined “Islamophobia“. It’s doubtful that the scenery surrounding the Jabba character, brought to the screen by George Lucas in 1983, was some subliminal mechanism to smear Muslims. It’s a sad commentary that the Lego company capitulated, but not surprising as efforts gain ground to make being “Muslim” a protected class in Western society. Those in the U.S. should take note that this matter originated in Europe — a very significant factor to this story.
Instead of focusing on what is in the local “Toys R Us”, maybe Islamic special interest groups should address the terrorist acts financed and committed by Muslims in the name of Islam.
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