Archive for June 14, 2005

Jar Jar Binks

Posted in I - The Phantom Menace, Uncategorized with tags on June 14, 2005 by jedicouncil

Well, there’s no way to talk about The Phantom Menace without talking about the most hated Star Wars character of all times.  Jar Jar Binks seemed to turn everybody’s ears and heads and even caused political upheaval for George Lucas.  I don’t understand any of the problems that people had with Jar Jar Binks.  He was a computer generated character for crying out loud and I can’t believe that he created the problems that he created.  So lets deal with each of the issues one by one.

Jar Jar Binks:  ****** (6)


Well, there’s no way to talk about The Phantom Menace without talking about the most hated Star Wars character of all times.  Jar Jar Binks seemed to turn everybody’s ears and heads and even caused political upheaval for George Lucas.  I don’t understand any of the problems that people had with Jar Jar Binks.  He was a computer generated character for crying out loud and I can’t believe that he created the problems that he created.  So lets deal with each of the issues one by one.

The first issue that Jar Jar had was the fact that people thought he was supposed to represent the african-american side of Star Wars.  Hello people, he doesn’t look african-american and he sure doesn’t sound like the african-american friends that I have.  Where did people get this insane idea from anyway?!  I think this is a ridiculous notion.  The NAACP was trying to say that Jar Jar was mocking african-americans and made them feel dumb.  I really don’t agree with this concept.  NAACP, open your eyes!  One of the strongest characters on the Jedi Council is Mace Windu, an african-american male (played by Samuel L. Jackson)!  If that isn’t equality, I don’t know what is!

Anyway, there are other Star Wars die hards that don’t see Jar Jar as an important character.  Think about this for a minute folks, who gets Qui-gon and Obi-wan through the planet core to save the Princess?  Who helps to negotiate with Boss Nass to create the distractions so the princess and Jedi can get back into the palace?  Later on, who replaces the senator in the galactic senate?  All of this would not have happened without Jar Jar!  Is he the most important character in Star Wars?  Not really.  But, let’s face it the Jawas weren’t very important and neither were the Sand People, yet we love them.  Somehow we still hold much disdain for the Gungans.  Star Wars fans, listen up!  The Gungans are not so bad, they are just a unique culture that we may just not completely understand.  I would like to see some authors start to write some books that are completely Gungan without other characters.  I believe that if they are well written, it may change the public’s view of the Gungans and of Jar Jar.  Maybe I’ll become an author if this Blog takes off.  Then again, I may have about five people reading this Blog and I may be just wasting my time.

Jar Jar Binks:  ****** (6)

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