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Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: April 5th, 2013
Legos causes minor uproar

Currently enjoying my three pre-teen nephews who live to play the with the things and raising one son who also shared that penchant, I have a healthy respect for Legos. And I read with interest how the toy manufacturer has been the target of some hate lately, from the Turkish community critical about something called Jabba’s Palace.

According to the company:

The Austrian Turkish Cultural Community has criticized a LEGO Star Wars product for looking similar to a mosque in Istanbul. The product is however not based on any real building but on a fictional building from a scene in the movie Star Wars Episode VI.

Legos isn’t defending itself. But in its website press release, clarifying that contrary to some reports, it has not discontinued making the controversial Jabba’s Palace. I say, bravo.

It continues to speak volumes when people, in general, and communities and religions, in specific take themselves so seriously that they take issue with the most innocuous of things. It’s just a toy.

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