Jar Jar, despite his bad rap from "fans," is the coolest character in the two Star Wars trilogies. I don't know why people disrespect Jar Jar and his contributions. Is it so hard to accept that someone like Jar Jar wouldn't be out of place in the Mos Eisley cantina?
We can't dispute Jar Jar's importance to Star Wars canon. After all, it was Jar Jar that helped the Gungans defeat the Trade Federation's invasion of Naboo, earning him the promotion to and honor of Bombad General. It was Jar Jar that sold out to Palpatine in Episode II, setting into motion the events of the next film.
Jar Jar is also a revolution in filmmaking, a completely digital manifestation of a vital character. He predates the beloved CG Gollum in LotR by an entire year, but does Jar Jar get all the hoopla that Gollum (a boring and annoying character, btw) gets?
Let us not dispute the incalculable value that Jar Jar brings to the success of Star Wars as a whole. Kids in my generation had the Ewoks; without Jar Jar, what would kids of today have? The crappy young Anakin? Watto? That stupid Greedo-esque thing that fucks up the high-five after Anakin wins the pod race?
I'm sure there will be countless posts about how much Jar Jar sucks, and Luca$ ruined $tar War$, but I think the evidence speaks for itself. Jar Jar deserves respect, okeday?