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C. Glen Williams 28th Jun 2010, 4:42 PM edit delete

Actually, what inspired this strip is that I still run into fans today -- today -- who are still spitting mad over a children's character introduced in a movie that has now been out for over a decade.

A lot of that is because the original Star Wars trilogy genuinely inspired love from its audience. Throwing in a childish, arguably racist character like Jar-Jar felt like a smack in the face.

But people don't talk about Jar-Jar as a hackneyed step-n-fetchit who kills the rhythm of the movie by introducing slapstick elements into otherwise serious scenes. They don't talk about how the over-reliance on CGI shows little of the innovation that made the original trilogy such a powerful visual work. And they don't talk about how the character as a children's entertainer is redundant in a series that already has C-3PO and R2-D2.

No, they want to talk about how Jar-Jar killed their childhood.

Let's get this straight.

Jar-Jar was a bad element in an otherwise mostly mediocre movie.

Jar-Jar did not steal your girlfriend, key your car, and then rape and murder your entire family.

Furthermore, it's been eleven dang years. Let it go, already.


PO8 26th Dec 2012, 7:52 PM edit delete
For me, it's mostly about the "arguable" racism. I agree that after a decade I've let the other stuff go, but I'm still mad about The Birth of a Nation, too, and it was made long before I was born and I've never seen it anyway..

Admittedly, it's not like Jar-Jar was the worst racist element in eps 1-3, though; pretty much every race was an offensive version of a racial stereotype. I'm not sure whether the "Militaristic Japanese Traders" are worse than the "Jamaican Former Slaves", but I'm pretty sure the "Avaricious Jew Dealing In Children" is worse than either. The fact that you don't have to struggle to figure out who I'm talking about says it all, I think.

The saddest part is that eps 4-6 introduced a bunch of new races that were miles less cliched and sometimes rather interesting. That was a big part of the fun of that series.

eps 1-3 were pretty offensive movies, whatever they did to folks' childhood. I'm fine with unreasonable Jar-Jar trashing.