Photo of Ahmed Best and Ian McDiarmid from ‘Star Wars’ Fans are praising Disney for their treatment of Jar Jar Binks’ actor.

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Photo of Ahmed Best and Ian McDiarmid from ‘Star Wars’ Fans are praising Disney for their treatment of Jar Jar Binks’ actor.

Many of Star Wars’ most ardent fans see the franchise as a source of hope and joy. Unfortunately, that devotion can lead to people acting more like bullies than fans. Ahmed Best is best recognized for his portrayal of Jar Jar Binks, the iconic Gungan from Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ prequel trilogy. Best is back after years of abuse and low points, and fans are overjoyed to see him as a respected part of the Star Wars family rather than a problem.

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Star Wars fans are known as much for their enthusiasm as they are for their encyclopedic knowledge of the mythical galaxy far, far away, as ComicBook.com points out. When the wrong people feel aggrieved, though, such enthusiasm may rapidly turn poison. Several performers have spoken out against the dark side, not of the force, but of the fan community as a whole, from Jake Lloyd to Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best, and more recently, Kelly Marie Tran and John Boyega.

Because of Jar Jar Binks’ industry-changing motion capture and humorous character, Best was meant to be the film’s breakout star. However, it swiftly devolved into something uglier because adult admirers despised Jar Jar. Best has spoken extensively about the verbal abuse he got from fans and how it affected him in the future. Because of the persecution, he even considered suicide at his lowest point.

He was fortunate in that he opted against it. Now, Best returned to Star Wars as a Jedi Master, and fans are happy to see him as a part of the Star Wars family as he does.

Fans take a look back.

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Knowing what Best went through after the prequel trilogy tarnished his name for many fans,… This is a condensed version of the narrative. I hope you found it entertaining.

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