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Islamic Group Accuses LEGO of Peddling Racist & Discriminatory Star Wars Playset

Before we get into the meat of this story, let’s play a game of “Spot the Supposedly Racist and Discriminatory Undertones in This LEGO Star Wars Playset”:

No, really, take a good look at it. Notice anything wrong? No? Well, even if you didn’t, members of a Turkish community in Austria say they did: They claim the playset is an unflattering reference to Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul’s most revered mosques.

“Austria’s Turkish community said the model was based on Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul and that the accompanying figures depicted Asians and Orientals as people with ‘deceitful and criminal personalities,’” The Telegraph reports.

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