Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community in Austria over a Star Wars model that supposedly resembles the Hagia Sophia Basilica (now a museum) in Istanbul and that the accompanying figures depicted Asians and Orientals as people with “deceitful and criminal personalities.” The anger was provoked by “Jabba’s Palace”, a model of the home of Jabba the Hutt from Lego’s Star Wars product range. Jabba’s domed home and accompanying watchtower bear, according to the statement, an unwanted resemblance to Istanbul’s great Hagia Sophia, and a mosque in Beirut.

Austria’s Turkish community also took issue with the figures that went with the palace, including Jabba. “The terrorist Jabba the Hutt likes to smoke a hookah and have his victims killed,” said the statement posted on the organisation’s website. The crimes associated with the figures, the statements adds, include terrorism, slavery, murder and human sacrifice.

Well, the human sacrifice thing is a bit rich. I can see how they might be offended about that.

It's an interesting fact that what the world regards as typical Islamic architecture is in fact from the early Christian period in the East. When the Arab tribes conquered the Christian and Jewish lands and settlements they wanted to show how powerful their god was by building mosques all over the place. They hired the best architects around who were all Christian. So mosques turned out to look like Christian churches. So, if anybody should be cross with LEGO it should be us Christians. And Cardinal Timothy Dolan should be most pissed off of all.



  1. The reason why LEGO ‘decided’ to make Jabba’s Palace look like it does is because they strictly follow the artistic models of the products they are licensed to produce. (image from Episode VI)

    In short and brief, if these muslim turks who live in Austria have issue with Jabba’s palace looking too much like the most famous Orthodox church in Christendom, have them call LucasFilm and complain about a movie that was made 30 years ago.

  2. Yikes, have these Austrian Turks seen “Dune”? (A much more accurate allegation of, um, “Islam a clef”)