Simon Pegg feels guilty for all the negative things he’s said about Jar Jar Binks.
“I feel so ashamed of the fact that there was actually a victim, a human victim in that,” he joked. “I think most people were regarding Jar Jar Binks like he was a real creature. And wailing on him for being annoying, or whatever, or not liking him. But there was a person behind that.”
“Star Wars” actor Ahmed Best recently opened up on Twitter about his struggle with suicide after fan backlash in the early 2000s against his portrayal of Jar Jar Binks.
For years, Simon Pegg has been outspoken about his distaste for the “Star Wars” prequel. He even made Jar Jar jokes in his early sitcom “Spaced.”
Simon opened up about the toxicity that’s sprung up in “Star Wars” fandom since the mixed reception of 2017’s “The Last Jedi.”
“There’s no diplomacy in that, there’s no empathy,” he said. “We’re becoming very, very insular as human beings. We’re becoming very self-driven, selfist, our opinions, our needs, our wants. I feel sorry for Kelly Marie Tran because she was just in a film — a f*cking film, that all it is. None of it matters, none of it.”
Whether you loved or hated “The Last Jedi,” everyone can learn a thing or two from Pegg’s words.