Thursday, December 4, 2008

AlQaeda And Nazi Lego Men

Recently, some controversy has broken out regarding Lego figures. Specifically, the AlQaeda and Nazi Lego men. They argue that the Lego figures glorify the Nazis and the Terrorists. I do not see it that way.

If you are going to have a mock conflict or battle with "action figures" (these Legos are not dolls) you need to have a bad guy. Can you think of anyone worse then the Nazis or terrorists? Creating a side to be defeated by the "good guys" does not glorify the vanquished.

If some people chose to buy the Legos to glorify the Nazis, that can hardly be blamed on the company. People that would do this likely glorify the Nazis in other ways. Even that does not really matter in this issue. The point is that you can dipict a side without glorifying it. Those who gleefully burn images of people in effigy were not trying to glorify the person while they were creating the image.

"A range of Lego-style figures including an al-Qaeda terrorist and Nazi officer have been slammed by religious leaders for 'glorifying terrorism.'

One of the children's toys - made from customised Lego men - resembles a masked follower of Osama bin Laden complete with a rocket launcher, assault rifle and grenades.

Another of the warped figures is a gun-wielding German major, whose uniform bears the SS insignia, which can be bought along with a replica Nazi stormtrooper.

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