“Star Wars Episode VII” has started production for a summer 2015 release, but the universe is under attack now — with charges of “insensitivity” by the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria.
The Daily Mail reports:
“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.”
Decades ago, George Lucas and his creative team built structures that share engineering similarities with a mosque and a minaret, an act that now apparently constitutes cultural insensitivity. The Islamic group took issue with the “terrorists” who inhabit Jabba the Hutt’s palace, interpreting the scoundrels of Tatooine as some sort of cultural dig at the Muslim faith.