In yet another case of people with too much time on their hands, Lego is retiring its Star Wars Jabba’s Palace at the end of 2013. Why? Because according to the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria, the set is making a mockery of two holy structures and that, according to Time Magazine, “the ugly villain Jabba and the whole scene [exemplifies] racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against Orientals and Asians.” Now forgive me for asking the obvious, but where were these people in 1983 when Return of the Jedi came out and we saw Jabba and his palace in all it’s “opulence and depravity” for the first time?
Maybe they were too distracted by Princess Leia in her bikini, but 30 years later, a plastic playset complete with a removable Han Solo incased in carbonite is headline news.*Sigh*... What’s next? Are we going to discover that Mr. McGregor’s Garden is actually a grow-op and Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton Tail are his drug runners? Better add Beatrix Potter oeuvre to the burn pile. And while you’re at it, chuck in you Peter Pan vids. That Disney classic revels in racism and Neverland is clearly a smuggler’s hold for child trafficking. I think if you were going to ban anything from Lego it would be the ridiculous small pieces they insist on using for their kits that somehow are always underfoot, causing trips, pinches and snags, and constantly clog up the vacuum. As a parent, that would be something to complain about.