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Jar Jar Binks- Why is he so hated?

Discussion in 'Prequel Trilogy' started by yaqngie, Jun 25, 2017.

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    He was forced into every scene of the movie in a transparent attempt to sell Jar-Jar merchandise. It didn't help that he was obnoxious and borderline racist, which if he didn't have those traits would have made the character at least more tolerable. Also compounded by an older fanbase that saw Jar Jar as doubling down on the childish elements of the franchise and, in my opinion, distracting from the film itself with random slapstick routines.
     
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    You might as well be describing similar characters like C3-P0, R2-D2, the Ewoks, and BB-8. I don't understand why you need to focus this complaint directly upon Jar Jar.
     
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    I’m only describing how the fan base hates Jar Jar rather than throwing in my own opinion too much. At least the droids and Ewoks in the other movies were more useful to the plot. Jar Jar doesn’t really have a purpose in TPM after leaving Naboo.
     
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    Man, I read Jar Jar's chapter in Aftermath today, and it was actually kinda sweet. I think it's pretty clear that he never should have been nearly as involved with Galactic affairs as he was, but that's kind of the fault of far more experienced people. I mean, Padme of all people put him in perhaps his most damaging position.

    The Jar Jar we see in Aftermath is a battered and shunned. I mean, a lot has already been said about the obvious parallels between how Jar Jar was loved by the children and hated by the adults in both Theed and our own cinemas, but there's one more thing I wanted to touch on- Mapo really needed Jar Jar. It's not like Jar Jar was just some stupid diversion for him- Mapo was kind of an outcast on his own, and Jar Jar was quite literally one of the only people who would talk to him.

    Whether you are or were a fan of the gungan or not, I think a lot of fans understand that Star Wars has been here for us when we needed it. I don't mean this as a criticism of Star Wars fans, because everyone has their awkward stage- but in some way or another, I'm sure this series has helped us get through rough times. For a lot of kids in my generation, Jar Jar was a part of that.

    Just some food for thought. He may well be a mess of a character, but he was also probably pretty important to some people.
     
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    That really was a touching interlude.
     
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    I never regarded Jar Jar's character as "a mess". I never understood this aversion to him. It's not like the other characters were perfect. Hell, I like him better than Kylo Ren.
     
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    That's fine, I totally get that. I'm just saying that a lot of people feel that way.

    Personally, I just realize that he's not for me, and I move on.
     
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    Everyone knows a silly clumsy person, Jar Jar never bothered me. The only thing that makes me cringe is the end battle when he is tossing around that blue bomb... I shake my head every time; any who, I also enjoyed Wendig's Interlude. I just watched an interview with Ahmed Best a couple days ago, great guy. He worked hard on that role and the backlash went too far IMHO. Whenever you see a guy wearing a Jar Jar mask at Con its hilarious... Star Wars Battlefront 2 should incorporate the Gungan army into the game it would be loads of fun! I had a great time playing as a Battle droid!
     
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    I really think, more than anything, he just doesn't serve a purpose to the films. Obviously, his role was diminished significantly after the backlash he faced from The Phantom Menace, but even The Clone Wars gave him far too many episodes. (Why on Earth they would willingly have entire episodes focus solely on his character is beyond me....)

    As a kid, sure, I loved Jar Jar. He was fun and interesting and whatever, but looking back, I can totally understand how fans of the Original Trilogy in particular would be offended by him. Like others have said, at least the Ewoks served a purpose. (Plus, they were cute. I really don't think you can hate them. The Gungans are just annoying.) Plus, even for Star Wars, the luck Jar Jar had was just too unbelievable. The Battle of Naboo is a perfect example. If that played out realistically, he would've been the first one dead.

    He's not a horrible character, but he's one of the most useless and annoying characters in Star Wars, I think. I don't mind him too much because he is a part of Star Wars and, like I said, he could've been worse, but he literally served no purpose other than to market the film to kids. (Although I still don't understand what's appealing about a sucker shaped like Jar Jar's tongue. No one wants to French kiss that.)
     
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