''South Park'' takes a swipe at ''The Phantom Menace'' | EW.com


''South Park'' takes a swipe at ''The Phantom Menace''

Trey Parker and Matt Stone reveal how they knew audiences would hate Jar Jar Binks

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Blink and you’ll miss it, but ”South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” manages to deliver a low blow to everyone’s favorite punching bag, Jar Jar Binks. When Chef, voiced by Isaac Hayes, tries to lead a troop of African-American soldiers into battle, one of his cohorts responds in unmistakably Binksian jargon, a snipe at the racist undercurrents some critics have found in ”Phantom.”

Considering that ”South Park” masterminds Matt Stone and Trey Parker began their film more than a year ago, how did they manage to work in such a timely jab? ]]When we saw this thing going, ‘Is the people gonna die?’ in the first ‘Star Wars’ preview, we looked at each other and said, people are going to HATE that thing,” Parker tells EW Online.

But it was only later that Parker and Stone knew the character deserved a lampooning. ”When we saw the second trailer with all the black stereotyping that went into the thing, we said, ‘Alright, we’ve got to do it,”’ recalls Stone. Since racism within the military is a running gag in ”South Park,” the Jar Jar joke was an easy addition. ”As many racism jokes as we tried to get in, George Lucas still floored us (by including) the most racist stuff ever,” sighs Parker. ”He does it so much better than we do.”