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Lego apologizes to Muslims over bogus box set image
Journal Inquirer ^ | 10/13/06 | Howard French

Posted on 10/14/2006 7:09:22 PM PDT by LibWhacker

Danish toymaker Lego Group today issued a pre-emptive apology to Muslims around the world for the appearance a second time since spring - via e-mail and on numerous Web sites - of an authentic-looking Lego box showing the prophet Mohammed in a sexually compromising position, company officials said.

"The picture of the box is computer manipulated and in the picture Lego elements are used to depict the Prophet Mohammed in a situation of a sexual nature - with a severely offensive text," Charlotte Simonsen, Lego's head of corporate communications, said in a company statement.

Lego operates its headquarters for North and South America in Enfield.

"The Lego Group wants to stress that there is no such Lego product, and that the company totally condemns the picture and the manner in which someone has made use of the Lego products and brand," Simonsen said.

"The Lego Group does not know the original source of the image which back in spring appeared on some European Web sites," she said. "Possibilities of stopping this use of Lego products and brands are being investigated, and the Lego Group is collaborating with the Danish police in the matter," Simonsen said.

Lego has posted a statement on its Web site, www.lego.com

A spokesman at Lego's Enfield offices could not be reached for immediate comment about possible tightening of security at the complex because of the offensive material. But in a brief phone interview from Denmark today, Simonsen said that Lego has not felt a need to increase security around its properties.

At this point reactions have been mostly disbelief that Lego would ever produce such a product, she said, adding people who have contacted Lego thus far have been understanding.

A cartoon published in a Danish newspaper last February sparked riots and other violence around the world as Muslims vented their anger over images that included one showing a turbaned figure suggesting an Islamic propensity for bombings.

In today's statement, Simonsen said Lego has watched a rising phenomenon in recent years of "artists" making "very creative models," usually promoting positive ideals.

"Other people, however, use our bricks for models that we never can and will support or endorse," she said. Such is the case with the Prophet Mohammed image being circulated around the Internet, Simonsen said.

"We would like to express our sympathy with anyone who is hurt by this. It is not at all in our interest that people are insulted by illustrations made with Lego bricks," she added.

Simonsen went on to say that Lego has no idea who might be behind the offensive image, adding the company has only "very limited legal possibilities" to stop such misuse of its products and images.

"We are, however, working with the Danish police in this recent specific matter," she said.

"We would like to stress that the Lego Group respects human rights and works actively against discrimination based on ethnical background, race, religion, gender, age, disabilities, or sexual orientation," Simonsen concluded.


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KEYWORDS: angrymuslims; apologizes; dhimmitude; image; islam; lego; madmo; muslims; whiningmuslims
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1 posted on 10/14/2006 7:09:23 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
so where can I see this offensive lego image?? (so that I may be offended by it)
2 posted on 10/14/2006 7:11:03 PM PDT by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: LibWhacker

picture please...?


3 posted on 10/14/2006 7:11:13 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Even the nicest pug has an evil twin.)
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To: LibWhacker

Anyone have a photo of this box of which they speak?


4 posted on 10/14/2006 7:11:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Second to none!)
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5 posted on 10/14/2006 7:11:57 PM PDT by AntiGuv (o) (o)
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To: LibWhacker

It is potentially offensive and not suitable for children -- literally -- view at your own risk: http://members.shaw.ca/mrayner/rt-muslimlego.jpg


6 posted on 10/14/2006 7:12:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: AntiGuv

7 posted on 10/14/2006 7:13:03 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Even the nicest pug has an evil twin.)
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To: LibWhacker

I have seen the pic. It was in a joke email sent to me with a number of other lego figures in compromising positions. The Prophet, piss be upon him, is not portryed piously../snicker..


8 posted on 10/14/2006 7:13:43 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi..)
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To: LibWhacker

By gum I love the Danes. Even the toys, even the toys!


9 posted on 10/14/2006 7:13:58 PM PDT by Screamname (LET`S GO METS!!! LET`S GO METS! LET`S GO METS! LET`S GO METS!!! LET`S GO METS! LET`S GO METS!)
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To: AntiGuv

YEOWZA

Thats hot!!! hubba hubba. full frontal lego nudity.


10 posted on 10/14/2006 7:14:09 PM PDT by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: Ax

More Muslim outrage ahead..


11 posted on 10/14/2006 7:14:26 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi..)
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To: LibWhacker
We would like to stress that the Lego Group respects human rights and works actively against discrimination based on ethnical background, race, religion, gender, age, disabilities, or sexual orientation," Simonsen concluded.

That statement alone will piss off the Muzzies. Expect riots. If only Lego were lopping the heads off of infidels would they get a pass on this. Muzzies have no respect for human rights.

12 posted on 10/14/2006 7:14:28 PM PDT by Ignatz (Click your mouse three times and repeat, "There's no place like 127.0.0.1")
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To: AntiGuv

LOL! My new wallpaper.


13 posted on 10/14/2006 7:14:33 PM PDT by Screamname (LET`S GO METS!!! LET`S GO METS! LET`S GO METS! LET`S GO METS!!! LET`S GO METS! LET`S GO METS!)
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To: LibWhacker

bump for publicity


14 posted on 10/14/2006 7:14:46 PM PDT by VOA
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To: AntiGuv

right click on the red x and past the link in your browser to see it. Funny! for some reason it wont stay up here.


15 posted on 10/14/2006 7:15:00 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Even the nicest pug has an evil twin.)
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To: LibWhacker

Computer - $750. Copy of Photoshop - $150. Combination Printer/Scanner - $100. Internet Acess - $20. Opportunity to expose Islam for the sham that it is: Priceless.


16 posted on 10/14/2006 7:16:16 PM PDT by rbg81 (1)
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To: K4Harty
Here it is:


17 posted on 10/14/2006 7:16:50 PM PDT by AntiGuv (o) (o)
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To: AntiGuv

If it were Mohammed it would be with a young boy.


18 posted on 10/14/2006 7:17:32 PM PDT by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: AntiGuv

So, what's the problem? It appears to be historically accurate.


19 posted on 10/14/2006 7:19:52 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: rbg81

I think by way of apology, the Danish government should send Christmas Hams to any who were offended..


20 posted on 10/14/2006 7:20:08 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi..)
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To: boomop1

21 posted on 10/14/2006 7:20:41 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: escapefromboston
If there was an international barrage of jokesters who made fun of Islam (i.e. burkas, beards, turbans, yadayada), not so much completely offensive stuff, but things like Leno would come up with; I think it could diffuse the PC attitude in a short period of time. They could be the Rodney Dangerfields if enough folks decided to refuse to take them seriously. What harm could it do since they already plan to kill the infidels? I'm sure Hitler couldn't take a joke (on himself).
22 posted on 10/14/2006 7:20:48 PM PDT by widowithfoursons
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To: LibWhacker

I wonder who will be beheaded over this.


23 posted on 10/14/2006 7:21:36 PM PDT by BW2221
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To: Screamname
By gum I love the Danes.

Yup. They're showing quite a bit of pluck, aren't they?

24 posted on 10/14/2006 7:22:49 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (* nuke * the * jihad *)
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To: LibWhacker
Muslim Rave Party Video
25 posted on 10/14/2006 7:23:05 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Even the nicest pug has an evil twin.)
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To: cardinal4

Or maybe just a special Lego set commemorating the Crusades or (perhaps) the Battle of Tours.


26 posted on 10/14/2006 7:23:12 PM PDT by rbg81 (1)
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To: AntiGuv

bwahahahaha

http://destinationdaniel.smugmug.com/gallery/1213678/1/56764726

Lego brokeback mountain


27 posted on 10/14/2006 7:24:04 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: AntiGuv

thank you. I tried to get it over here but it wouldn't take. Hopefully the above link i just posted will work. Someone did a good job of dubbing the music.


28 posted on 10/14/2006 7:24:12 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Even the nicest pug has an evil twin.)
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To: LibWhacker

Damn these people! they have the same goal as the left - destroy everything that is good.


29 posted on 10/14/2006 7:25:07 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (The Leftist Marxist-Jihadists Alliance: joining forces to destroy civilization.)
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To: LibWhacker
The Lego Group wants to stress that there is no such Lego product,...

Pussys.

30 posted on 10/14/2006 7:25:14 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon (History convinces me that bad government results from too much government. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: AntiGuv

LOL!!!


31 posted on 10/14/2006 7:25:15 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: LibWhacker
"The picture of the box is computer manipulated and in the picture Lego elements are used to depict the Prophet Mohammed in a situation of a sexual nature - with a severely offensive text,"

What's the severely offensive text? I see nothing in the pic that's not historically accurate. (Did Mohammed have 23 wives or was it some other number?)

Anyway, at least The Brick Testament still stands.

32 posted on 10/14/2006 7:26:16 PM PDT by jennyp (There's ALWAYS time for jibber jabber!)
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To: All
next group to make fun of


33 posted on 10/14/2006 7:26:37 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: LibWhacker

34 posted on 10/14/2006 7:36:20 PM PDT by Screamname (LET`S GO METS!!! LET`S GO METS! LET`S GO METS! LET`S GO METS!!! LET`S GO METS! LET`S GO METS!)
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To: LibWhacker
From the article: "Possibilities of stopping this use of Lego products and brands are being investigated, and the Lego Group is collaborating with the Danish police in the matter," Simonsen said.

So what's next abolishing the use of crayons to draw pictures?

35 posted on 10/14/2006 7:48:38 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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To: cardinal4

I prefer "police be upon him," m'self.


36 posted on 10/14/2006 7:52:35 PM PDT by Gordongekko909 (Mark 5:9)
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To: LibWhacker

So if Lego didn't make the set, and I have no doubt they did not, it is way to clever. Why the apology. My apology would be something along the lines of Lego makes no such playset,we have no control over it, deal with it you thin skinned goat #*@$#&.


37 posted on 10/14/2006 7:54:09 PM PDT by YdontUleaveLibs (Reason is out to lunch. How may I help you?)
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To: K4Harty

LOL


38 posted on 10/14/2006 7:56:18 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: AntiGuv

Definitely offensive but funny.


39 posted on 10/14/2006 8:01:41 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: YdontUleaveLibs

Exactly, that's what I was thinking.

Now we have to apologize to the muzzies for things we didn't even DO!?

There's no way Lego should have apologized. In fact, their apology almost makes it more believable that such a set exists.

Unbelievable.

When do we apologize for not being muslim?


40 posted on 10/14/2006 8:03:33 PM PDT by jtal
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To: jennyp

THe truth is offensive.


41 posted on 10/14/2006 8:09:22 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Inyo-Mono

What, is the Lego company going to come into my house and tell me what things I can build with their product?


42 posted on 10/14/2006 8:11:32 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: LibWhacker

Can we keep a running total of how many threads on are on Free Republic regarding either enraged muslims or the pansy asses that keep apologizing to them?


43 posted on 10/14/2006 8:11:33 PM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: TheRedSoxWinThePennant

The set is incomplete -- where are the 'infidel heads'?


44 posted on 10/14/2006 8:18:12 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: bboop

If you add infedel heads Free Republic would probably need a bigger server


45 posted on 10/14/2006 8:21:32 PM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: TheRedSoxWinThePennant

Won't we need a theory of infinite numbers everyone can understand?


46 posted on 10/14/2006 8:23:35 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
Won't we need a theory of infinite numbers everyone can understand?

GASP!

that statement you just made may be offensive to members of the religion of piece. If I were you you should issue an apology immediately. I would hate to see them put a jihad on you.
47 posted on 10/14/2006 8:27:37 PM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: LibWhacker
Wow. What a frickin' tragedy.

I hope nobody tells them there Muzzies about the urinal targets that are currently being made and distributed with wild abandon!

MoHAMmed - Piss be upon him

48 posted on 10/14/2006 8:35:24 PM PDT by Prime Choice (True Conservatives don't vote for Liberals just because they have an 'R' by their name.)
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To: LibWhacker
I'll post Lego's press release below, and let folks get back to their knee-jerk reactions.

Billund, Denmark, October 2006

To whom it may concern

LEGO products inspire creativity and imagination around the world. Not only in our core user group – children - but also increasingly amongst adults of all ages, nationalities and religions.

In recent years, LEGO Elements have developed into a considerable raw material for artists. Some of them make very creative models promoting that our product stands for imagination and endless possibilities. Other people however use our bricks for models that we never can and will support or endorse.

It also regularly occurs that computer manipulation is used to make up pictures containing LEGO elements and trademarks without any association to a physical product of any kind. These pictures are often circulated on the internet. Such pictures are not made by or in any way endorsed by the LEGO Group.

In some cases these pictures can be hurtful, and recently a computer manipulated illustration of the prophet Mohammed using LEGO elements has appeared on the internet. We would like to express our sympathy with anyone who is hurt by this. It is not at all in our interest that people are insulted by illustrations made with LEGO bricks.

We have no information as to who is or might be behind this action. Unfortunately, we have very limited legal possibilities to prevent these people from expressing their views using our products and even our trademark. This goes for religious, political and satirical issues. We are, however, working with the Danish police in this recent specific matter.

We would like to stress that the LEGO Group respects human rights and works actively against discrimination based on ethnical background, race, religion, gender, age, disabilities or sexual orientation.


49 posted on 10/14/2006 8:37:06 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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You're right. To any lurking Muslims, I'd like to offer my humble, heartfelt, dhimmified apolog...

YO' MOMMA!!!

50 posted on 10/14/2006 8:38:48 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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