Introducing “Osama bin Lego”
More on “Muslim outrage” here, here, and here. Yet, for all this (by now hackneyed) outrage, there is also a Lego Nazi: will Germans be outraged? No, you say? The average German knows that being German does not necessarily make one a Nazi? Well and good. Why, then, are Muslims “outraged” by a terrorist doll?
“Disgust At ‘Lego’ Terrorist Toys,” from Sky News, December 4 (thanks to Becca):
A range of Lego-style fighting figurines – including an Islamic terrorist militant – has sparked outrage among Muslims.The toy mini-figures, made by American Will Chapman, includes a masked terrorist bandit with an assault rifle, grenade launcher and belt of explosives.
Shocked by the playthings, British Muslim organisation the Ramadhan Foundation has branded the figurines “absolutely disgusting”.
Chief executive Mohammed Shafiq said the figures were “glorifying terrorism”.[…]
Father-of-three Mr Chapman boasts on his website that his nine-year-old son gave him the idea for the range.
The site advertises 31 different Lego-style weapons, weapons packs and 10 miniature militant figurines.
Other fighters in the range include World War Two troops, US marines – and a Nazi SS officer.
A spokesman for Lego UK said they were “not associated” with the toys being sold by BrickArms, “which have been customised without LEGO UK’s knowledge or permission.”
He added Lego is “committed to developing toys which enrich childhood by encouraging imaginative and creative play – and does not endorse products that do not fit with this philosophy.”