Is This ‘Star Wars’ Toy Racist?

Yeah, that’s a question. And you thought Star Wars Episode I was the extent of George Lucas’ propensity for exploiting racial stereotypes and out-dated portrayals of race.

The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria (TCCA), which includes at least two things you never would have thought go together, is pointing at the new LEGO Jabba’s Palace playset and calling “racist” on it. Now you may be reading this at home, at the local cafe, or even on the bus and maybe thinking to yourself: “How can a LEGO version of Jabba’s Palace from Return of the Jedi possibly be considered racist?” Good question.

According to the TCCA, the palace looks like both the Hagia Sophia, a 1,600-year-old former basilica and mosque in Istanbul, and Jami’ al-Kabir, a mosque from the 7th century in Beirut, and that’s not cool. On the surface, that doesn’t sound that bad, but the TCCA looks at it thusly:

“It is clear that the figure of the ugly villain Jabba and the whole scene [exemplifies] racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against … Orientals and Asians as sneaky and criminal personalities (slaveholders, leaders of criminal organizations, terrorists, criminals, murderers, human sacrifice)…,” the group wrote on its website.

First of all, really? Second of all, it’s been 30 years since the release of Return of the Jedi, did someone at the TCCA finally put on the Blu-ray? Or is like the whole thing last summer when adoption advocates went off against The Avengers for Thor’s wisecrack: a case of people with too much time on their hands and platform to exploit their over-sensitivity? I think we all know what I think, what about you Bastards?

Source: Blastr

Category: Film, WTF?

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  • Zorg

    Sometimes I wonder if the other side of the planet, is actually on another planet….

  • The film is an american production. Who cares what Turkish Austrians think 30 years after the films release. If they don’t wish the toy distributed in their region that would be much more understandable, but for the whole internet to give this this coverage is just ludacris.

  • david Rosensteel

    haha that’s hilarious I’d like them to watch some movies from their side of the world and see how Americans are represented then maybe your can give the American devils a break

    • Or perhaps they can level the playing field by introducing a new ridiculously stereotypical alien race in Episode VII: The Ap’Pell Pyanns, from the Bays-Bhaal System. They’re all fat and lazy and use hover-scooters to move around….they know absolutely nothing about other races, yet still consider their planet to be the greatest in the galaxy. They actively ridicule other species for being different from them, while at the same time stealing and perverting elements of any alien culture that catches their attention.

      All they do is eat, buy things, kill each other, and have sex (which they’re paradoxically ashamed of).

      Will that do it? 😉

  • I’m sorry, I never really considered that a giant slug criminal overlord who lives in a palace in the desert might represent an Asian. The Neimoidians sure, but Jabba the Hutt? Not even after seeing the movie hundreds of times as a child, young adult and middle aged adult, has that thought occurred to me.

  • you’ve got this story in the right category: “WTF”

  • Any intelligent being doesn’t give a care about 30 years late racist outrage!

  • Ponkatronix

    I just did an image search for Istanbul Mosque.
    True, Jabbas palace has a low domed roof but the similarity ends there.
    Some people spend their whole lives on standby waiting to leap on any vague thing that they want to be offended by.

  • IronDouche

    I’m fine with this. As long as they also ban all the Empire toys for being racist against the British. And let’s face it the rebels are stereotyped American heroes so we should ban them. And the ewoks for being ridiculous.