Anti-Jars have gone too far!
-- a hater site called "Kill Jar Jar Binks - The Official Jar Jar Binks Hate Club Website" has instituted an online letter-writing campaign intended to
convince George Lucas that JJB should (a) die or (b) at least appear in no
further SW films. the site actually features a mailing address for Master Lucas
(plus the names of many other ILM personnel) and encourages Anti-Jars to share
their opinions with him directly.
OK, enough is enough. it was one thing
when the Anti-Jars only congregated their little hate groups on the Web, polluting kilos of bandwidth with their bigotry, homophobia, xenophobia, and gruesome fantasies of bloody death and species genocide. ugly stuff, but at least when they were online we knew they weren't out spouting this junk in the real world. but the thought of their dumping this spew on Lucasfilm strikes me as downright insulting. of course the chances of their
having any influence on Lucas are zero; not only do i really doubt he reads even a fraction of the tons of mail he must get, but we already know his feelings on the matter of Jar Jar's future. but for pete's sake, he loves his creation and is proud of it! how would the Anti-Jars feel if someone wrote them letters that said "your kids are ugly and we hate them" or "your little brother is a fag and should die and so should all his fag friends"? sheesh!
--now, to avoid turning toward the Dark Side, we can't attack the AJs or write them hate mail. but we can do something constructive that will show our love and respect both for Master Lucas and his endearing creation. so i suggest that if you find these people as offensive as i do, check out their page at the link above, and then you write George Lucas a letter about Jar Jar. use your own words, say what he means to you, why you think he's a good and positive contribution to the SW universe and deserves a future there. (if you can't think what to say, there are some wonderfully eloquent posts in my old guestbook that might help you out.) of course Master Lucas won't be reading our mail either, but we will generate light and positivity that will counteract the Anti-Jars' hate, and that's just about as important!
(JULY 28th UPDATE: Chuck Wieand, owner of the above website, has added a chat room to his site and invites any and all Jarists to debate the topic with him and his cronies there. I've gotten e-mail from him and I warn you that trying to have a civil discussion with him will be like trying to reason with a brick, but if the bravehearts among us want a challenge, go with the blessing of the Naboo Gods.)
to cheer you up - here's a wonderful Pro-Jar piece of writing by my favorite film critic, Roger Ebert!=)..
Why are great imaginative visuals important? Because they stir our dreams.
Two weeks ago I was in Minneapolis for a tribute to Werner Herzog, the great
German director whose own visuals include a man afloat on a raft in the
Amazon with gibbering monkeys.
Herzog believes that as a civilization we
cannot live without being nourished by new images; that movies are being
deadened by the boring routine of scenes showing car chases, gunfire and
people on telephones.
Not everyone responding to the first screening of "The Phantom Menace"
would agree with his notion. Those attending advance showings were sworn to
secrecy, yet reviews and reactions to the movie appeared 10 minutes after the
first screening was over. One writer found that he was distracted by the thought
that Jar Jar, the alien who is one of the key characters in "Menace," was
computer-generated: The alien was, he said, not much more convincing than
That's not how I felt. I was intrigued by Jar Jar's oddness, as I was by such
earlier "Star Wars" inhabitants as Yoda, Jabba the Hutt, Chewbacca or the
regulars in the bar on the planet Tatooine. Too many science fiction movies give
us aliens who look like humans with funny heads. When Spielberg gave us
spindly child-creatures in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," I found that
fascinating. And when Lucas gives us Jar Jar, with his eyes perched on stalks
growing atop his kangaroo/rabbit/donkey head, with his weirdly backward
speech, with his body language that seems generated by second thoughts, I am
delighted. If it takes animation to make a creature like that--well, I'm glad they
can do it.
--Roger Ebert, May 16, 1999
...go back to MG loves JJB.=)