Lego Star Wars toy resembles mosque, critics say
Lego is being called culturally insensitive after releasing a model of “Star Wars” gangster Jabba the Hutt’s palace that closely resembles a Turkish mosque. Lego says it will stop selling the toy – but denies the decision was tied to the protests.
The Palace, say critics, looks very much like Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, a historic mosque that became a model for other centers of Islam. It’s a museum these days, but the chairman of the Turkish Cultural Association of Australia still takes issue with the likeness being tied to George Lucas’ famous villain.