This story would be funny if it were not so pathetic. Lego, the children's construction game, produced a new kit called "Jabba's Palace." Everyone who has seen Star Wars will remember the obese and revolting monster Jabba the Hutt. The character was incorporated into the Star Wars merchandising campaign that corresponded with the theatrical release of Return of the Jedi. Besides the films, Jabba the Hutt is featured in Star Wars literature and is sometimes referenced by his full name, Jabba Desilijic Tiure.[SUP][/SUP]
Jabba the Hutt's image has since played an influential role in popular culture, particularly in the United States. The name is used as a satirical literary device and a political caricature to underscore negative qualities such as morbid obesity and corruption.
Most of us would prefer not (not) to identify with Jabba, but some Muslims evidently do. There was suddenly a demand that Jabba's Palace be withdrawn from sale. The grounds were the following:
(A) Jabba's Palace, which is imaginary, looks rather like the Aghia Sofia mosque in Istanbul;
(B) Jabba himself, an obese. sybaritic terrorist, who has people killed at whim, just might be construed as a caricature of a Muslim; especially as he smokes a sheesha (water pipe, hubble-bubble or hookah). Well, you said it; we did not!
I regret to tell you that Lego have caved in. We may expect to see Jabba edited out of Star Wars as well.
Comment: If the cap fits, wear it! If you do not like it, don't behave like Jabba!
Note: Aghia Sofia was constructed as a Patriarchal cathedral in 537 and served as such until 1453. With the Turkish conquest, it became a mosque. Its conversaion was and is deeply offensive to Eastern orthodox Christians. Since 1935, it has been a museum, and the Christian mosaics are slowly being restored. So much for that objection.