Female Supreme Court Justice Legos Rejected for Being ‘Political’
You can buy a Lego White House—but not Legos of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Sandra Day O’Connor, or Elena Kagan. The “Legal Justice League” was dumped as a “political symbol.”
Ever wonder what it would be like to see the four female Supreme Court justices as adorable Lego figures?
Then here you go:
You have artist Maia Weinstock for the “Legal Justice League,” featuring Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, and former justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Weinstock, who also serves as deputy editor at MIT News, created the custom set and uploaded the pictures to her Flickr account to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Sadly, you won’t be able to buy your own Legal Justice League set. Lego rejected the proposed set for consideration because “it was in violation of their rule that they don’t accept sets related to ‘politics and political symbols,’” according to Weinstock. The guidelines for Lego Ideas do prohibit projects from being political, as well as religious, sexually suggestive, or drug-related. Acceptance projects also may not depict “death, killing, blood, terrorism, or torture,” nor may they promote or portray “racism, bullying, or cruelty to real life animals.”
“It’s true, as a children’s toy brand, we refrain from any associations with active or current politics,” a Lego spokesman told The Daily Beast. “Cases in which the LEGO brand are used in this manner have historical context. Any contemporary political association of the LEGO brand is unofficial content that is generated by enthusiasts and not endorsed by the LEGO Group.”
“The goal has been to inspire people to consider our generation’s thinkers and makers as heroes worthy of action figures,” Weinstock told Makers. “I decided to focus on the first four women who’ve reached the highest level of our judiciary system. All of these women are trailblazers who should be celebrated—not only by adults but by kids just learning about civics and government.”