Muslims get upset a lot. Sometimes they are offended by cartoons. Other times they claim that the Burger King snow cones look like Allah. And they claim that a lot of places are mosques, even when they aren’t. Usually those places however are real.
The case of Jabba the Hutt’s palace may be the first time that Muslims claimed a fictional place as a mosque. Jabba is a fictional character from the Star Wars movies. His palace was constructed in 700 BY (whatever that is) and appeared in a movie in 1983. For 30 years it was left alone, until a Lego set of it came out leading Muslims to shriek that it’s really a mosque. And not just any mosque, but the Hagia Sophia mosque which used to be a church until Muslims stole it and turned it into a mosque.
A comparison of both places shows that they don’t have much in common beyond both having lots of domes, a staple of the architecture of the region. If Muslims start claiming every large domed building as a mosque, well… they kind of already do.
This is the Lego set which infuriated Muslims so badly.
Still not a mosque.
Anyway common sense never stopped Muslims from going on a tear about being offended by racism, islamophobia and children’s toys.
Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community over a Star Wars toy allegedly depicting a mosque.
The critics claim that the Jabba’s Palace model, part of Lego’s Star Wars range, offends Muslims as it resembles the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul – one of the world’s most renowned mosques.
Members of the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria group also accused the toy manufacturer of depicting Asians as having ‘deceitful and criminal personalities’.
The group has released a statement calling for an apology from Lego for its cultural insensitivity.
But wait, this story gets even dumber as the Turkish Community of Austria works itself up into a demented lather of fake outrage.
A statement posted on the organisation’s website refers to Jabba the Hutt as a ‘terrorist’ and says that he ‘likes to smoke hookah and have his victims killed’.
It adds: ‘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 statement says that the figures in the set are made to resemble ‘terrorists, criminals and murderers’.
Just like a real mosque.