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.Apart from demonstrating that some muslims and Turks are bloody idiots/troublemakers lets get a few factoids into the open.
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.
The anger was provoked by “Jabba’s Palace”, a model of the home of Jabba the Hutt from Lego’s Star Wars product range based on the blockbusting series of science fiction films.
1) The Hagia Sophia was actually built on the orders of Justinian I the Byzantine emperor ( from 527 to 565) and completed 3 years before his death in 562 AD. It was a church not a mosque as islam only burst its genocidal way into the history book in 610 AD.
2) As Justinian was a Thracian and the Byzantine empire was a Greek empire based upon the Roman Empire, there's nothing Turkish about the Hagia Sophia (Which means holy wisdom not Saint Sophia as some think)
3) The model looks nothing like the Hagia Sophia.
4) The Hagia Sophia is not a mosque, hasn't been since 1931 AD, it's a museum.
5) Islam is a religion, not a race.
6) Turks are a nation/race but did not build the damned thing.
7) Some people are idiots particularly those who choose to take this seriously and not laugh loudly in the face of those who brought it up.
Lego have semi apologised.
Katharina Sasse, a public relations manager working on behalf of Lego, denied any link between Jabba’s Palace and the mosque.Bloody idiots, give the racemongers an inch and next time they'll take a mile.
“The Lego Star Wars product Jabba´s Palace does not reflect any actually existing buildings, people, or the mentioned mosque,” she said. “The Lego mini-figures are all modelled on characters from the movie.
“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.”