Pop Rocks: J.J. Abrams Is Directing The 7th Film In That Racist Star Wars Franchise
Need to catch up on a couple of recent news items related to that far, far away galaxy. First up, you've probably already heard Lost co-creator and Star Trek reboot director J.J. Abrams will be helming the next Star Wars movie:
If for some reason you haven't heard, it was announced earlier today that the mega-director will direct Star Wars 7.
"It really is an incredible thing," Abrams just told me on the red carpet at the Producers Guild of America Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Even more so, he said, "It's wildly surreal."
Get used to non-answers like the above, as Abrams is notoriously close-mouthed when it comes to his productions. This should make for a fun give-and-take as rabid fanboys attempt to get behind the scenes scoops and Disney threatens to sue everybody.
Once upon a time, I would've welcome any news regarding the next Star Wars movie. That was before midichlorians, Hayden Christensen, and NOOOO! Disney's acquisition of the property is probably a good thing, but at this point it's way too early to get your hopes up. Now, about that racism thing.
It seems the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria has a bone to pick with Lego over a Star Wars model set it says is a racist depiction of one of Turkey's most famous mosques:
The anger was provoked by "Jabba's Palace", a model of the home of Jabba the Hutt from Lego's Star Wars product range based on the blockbusting series of science fiction films.
Jabba is the large slug-like creature who holds Han Solo captive in the film Return of the Jedi, and his palace is the setting for several crucial scenes, including using Princess Leia as his slave.
Jabba's domed home and accompanying watchtower bear, according to the statement, an unwanted resemblance to Istanbul's great Hagia Sophia, and another mosque in Beirut.
The TCC didn't have a problem with the Hagia Sophia on display in the awful Taken 2, presumably because they approved of the wanton slaughter of Albanians depicted therein.
Anyway, here's Hagia Sophia:
And here's Jabba's Palace:
Case closed, right? They both have those ... dome thingies, so clearly Lucas and his running dog lackeys at Lego have conspired to besmirch this ancient edifice and bring dishonor upon all of Turkey.
Not really. The Cultural Committee is pretty obviously wrong that Jabba's Palace is based on the former cathedral/mosque. What they're right about, however, is the pervasive racism in the Star Wars universe.