Report: Lego to stop production of 'Star Wars' toy set over backlash
Lego has announced it will halt production of a popular "Star Wars" toy set--and some reports say it's because of Anti-Muslim backlash.
The Independent Report said several Muslim groups in Austria complained about the "Jabba's Palace" set, saying it depicted Muslims as terrorists. They said it's because character Jabba the Hut lives in a mosque-like building with a hookah, guns, and an imprisoned Chewbacca.
RT News reports Muslim critics felt the set looked closely like the Hagia Sophia and the Jami al-Kabir mosques.
According to CBS Connecticut, the Muslim groups are happy with the decision to stop making the product.
But a statement released by Lego said the company did not make the decision because of complaints.
“As a normal process products in the LEGO Star Wars assortment usually have a life-cycle of one to three years after which they leave the assortment and may be renewed after some years,” the statement read. “The LEGO Star Wars product Jabba’s Palace 9516 was planned from the beginning to be in the assortment only until the end of 2013 as new exiting models from the Star Wars universe will follow.
“The LEGO Group regrets that the product has caused the members of the Turkish cultural community to interpret it wrongly, but point out that the design of the product only refers to the fictional content of the Star Wars saga,” the statement said.