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Fantastic Humvee though, with lots of playability. With that said, I think where I come down is in full support of both blogging such a fantastic build, and the editorial disclaimer that comes with it.
Which, while true, has nothing to do with the question of whether or not the image was appropriate to make—or blog. Unless we intend to set the practices of fanatic murderers as the standard for our own conduct.
This sort of statement is not helpful. It is also a cop-out: The act of creation has consequences both for the creator and the audience; the act of publicizing said creation has further consequences.
These consequences are not necessarily bad, but they do exist. I fundamentally take issue with the assumption that this minifug is a terrorist. Nothing makes that minifig a terrorist. Does being run over by American military hardware make a person a terrorist?
Also, what Catsy said. It plays into too many of our prejudices. The US military has shown an extraordinary amount of compassion and friendliness in trying to win over local people in an effort to make removal of the terrorist organizations run as smoothly as possible. This is clearly a terrorist, as indicated by the creator of the work. Moreover there is absolutely no reason to think that, in the context of elgo work, the fig in the head wrap is anything BUT a terrorist.
Beautiful MOC, wonderful instructions and generosity in making them. That and the fact that insstructions managed to get realistic working doors into a mini-figure scale moc really shows that you can cram alot of small detail into a small moc.
I understand it was meant to be lighthearted, but this really is indicative of a greater problem, namely the association of Muslims with terrorism and vice versa. However, I do feel plenty bothered by the ignorance it has already brought out both here and on Flickr.
I think what bothers me is that the guy under the wheel is unarmed.
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If he had an RPG or something and the soldiers were mounted up, I think I would have just passed over it as a battle scene. Actually, instrictions me find it for you: Whether or not the man woman?
I think the opinions and outrage are more indicative of persons hu,vee bias and predjudices than that of the creator of this MOC. Until we have proof to the contrary, Tyler was being callous with his depiction of violence and nothing more.
This is your blog and you can and should feel free to showcase what you will. I think the image of what is supposed to be a Humgee Eastern terrorist crushed under the wheel of a military vehicle while the soldier smiles and gives a thumbs up is sufficiently controversial that only a few would really chide you for shying away from it.
On the other hand, perhaps only an internal conversation is better? Let me also add that like everything else, images have one, maybe two, literal meanings, but the symbolic meanings, interpretations, and relationships can be countless and are entirely dependent on the person doing the viewing.
Tyler has explained his literal meaning…. Insrructions as for second I want to bring up my opinion about the first picture of the two — the one where the Arabian minifig gets killed without any reason. Either the photo shows a military force happily slaughtering civilians or it shows them gruesomely murdering an unarmed enemy. Further, assuming that the figure in a LEGO ninja headpiece is a terrorist or a combatant does not make someone a racist — it is one of two interpretive possibilities.
Assuming that this photo has nothing to do with military action in Iraq and Afghanistan would be ignoring the context.
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LEGO is art, and art is ijstructions of politics and social commentary. I started writing my comment sometime before you started yours, and I finished after you posted yours.
Good guys wear white hats. Bad guys wear black hats. I submit that no matter who is under the tire, what the make of the vehicle is, what the minifig is wearing: And therefore, the creation is a success.
You might not like it. You might love it. I think that it is not the fact that this picture is political, it is the fact that this picture is encouraging one side of a very controversial war. That aside, a Nazi in that context would be a uniformed soldier. The guy in the above picture is neither uniformed nor a soldier. Neither inwtructions close to the truth. But, all I have to say is that, there will never stop being insturctions that offend you, because everyone has the right to choose what to be offended by.
Ignore it and leave. But if you choose to state your opinion, big deal. Either crop the picture or leave it be. No sense in bitching about it. For everyone to assume that the minifig under the wheel has no weapon because one is not displayed is as silly as saying that because he appears Arab he must be a terrorist. There could be multiple interpretations of this. Maybe it is an attack on an unarmed civilian. Maybe it is a heroic act by a soldier saving dozens of lives from a terrorist. Yeah, I know that sounds all stupidly Picard of me, but I mean it.
I think we do well to talk about these things. How do you know this exactly? This is a photograph, not a video.
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Using the logic of going by a photograph, the fleshie minifig standing in the uniform also did nothing wrong. The fig is a soldier, and he ran over a terrorist. Your comments are far more racist than his MOC ever could be. Now please everyone, can we get back to the awesome MOC rather than trying to invent some problem? Second of all, its human nature to make stereotypes and make initial judgments based on appearances and personal experiences.
I know that the REAL story here is that this Humvee was in need of assistance and a friendly ninja came to help, but there was a terrible accident. That smile is actually a wince, so its all chill guys.
The primary issue I have with the image is its context. If, as others have said, it was obvious that the fig was an armed soldier, that would help. Even more for me, though, is the scene as a whole. If this were part of a vignette or scene realistically depicting a battle, and a fig had been run over, I would have less of a problem. It is very well done. What IS a little strange to me is the fact that this issue needed to be brought to light publicly.
We never censor how a builder chooses to present their LEGO creation. Again, I personally passed this over because I felt uncomfortable with what I was seeing in the photo and Tyler has since clarified that what I was seeing was not intendedbut the creation itself was worth blogging, and Nannan chose to go ahead and do so. It in fact took me a third look to figure out what was so offensive. If every time you saw Uncle-Sam he was under a Humvee, being killed, never winning, and always a bad guy.
You as a firm believer in Uncle-Sam-ism would probably feel rather downtrodden, defeated, angry and sad. This is what racism is like for those on the receiving end, phrased in a way to reach the largest group of readers on this blog. The key idea is thinking what this might mean to other people. This is always the hardest thing, it is easier to dismiss something as having no meaning when the images greatest message is not for you. Yes, I feel terrible for all those terrorists who might feel bad about people not liking them.
You need to understand this.
Nobody is saying you need to feel terrible for terrorists. Nobody is saying terrorists feel bad about people not liking them. Judging by the reactions it is in fact clearly NOT obvious that the depicted figure is by definition a terrorist. Woah, I totally missed the point of this picture. I thought the ninja mechanic was fixing the axle and the soldier is calling for help because the jack collapsed.
Yet it might not be very nice to view for the kids who also watch this blog. For, as I said before, this is a blog read world wide and all kinds of people are reading it. We have words for those kinds of people or that kind of behavior. They look like everyone else until they go boom. The point is that the image depicts an unarmed person being intentionally crushed beneath the wheel of a military vehicle. I think what makes this more volatile than brutality in, say, post-apoc or Star Wars or WWII scenes is the immediate, present-day relevance.
Historical scenes are in the past, and the others are fiction with no connection to any present-day circumstances in the real world. There are still soldiers deep in the suck right now and horrible things like this actually do occur—and whether you like it or not, the issue of war crimes in the ongoing conflicts is a very real one.
Regardless of how one feels about terrorism, asymmetrical warfare or the current conflicts, no one should act surprised that this image provokes a strong reaction.
Pretending otherwise is either disingenuous or a failure of imagination. The builder of the MOC has been quite ready to discuss it calmly and intelligently.