Jar Jar Binks is character most of you will probably rather forget, I’m sure. Even before the release of “The Phantom Menace,” the computer generated bumbling Gungan from the planet Naboo, drew much attention from the media and fans alike – although not the kind of attention his creators intended.
While George Lucas said that he specifically put Jar Jar in the film to appeal to small children, the character was widely rejected and often ridiculed by people who felt that Jar Jar was a racial caricature. One of my favorite descriptions came from The Wall Street Journal, who called the character a “Rastafarian Stepin Fetchit on platform hoofs, crossed annoyingly with Butterfly McQueen,” suggesting that many aspects of Jar Jar’s character were reminiscent of the archetypes portrayed in blackface minstrelsy. Others said that the character represented a black Caribbean stereotype.
Of course, Lucas denied any racist implications – denials that were rejected.
Now, someone with a lot of time on their hands has created a trailer reimagining the recentlly-released “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” with Jar Jar Binks as the sole lead, and retitled it “Star Wars: The Binks Awakens.”
Of course it’s all in good fun, but what if…?