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The Gungan senator from Naboo is getting another shot at the limelight 20 years after he made his (controversial) appearance in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Jar Jar Binks is trending. Nobody seems to know why. I'm okay with this. pic.twitter.com/8lw4jOlAYo— Susan DeStefanis (@Awesomegasm) July 8, 2019
Amidst all the mystery, Jar Jar Binks continued to be a trending topic–but only because everyone continued asking why Jar Jar Binks was trending. The internet can be funny like that.
Jar Jar Binks trending because people are asking "Why is Jar Jar Binks trending?" is the most Jar Jar Binks thing ever. pic.twitter.com/1Aj7eQsTfd— Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) July 8, 2019
Some days I think I understand Twitter. And then some days Jar Jar Binks is trending simply because people are asking why Jar Jar Binks is trending. pic.twitter.com/zFRxQPO0hE— Elyse Surette-DiMuzio (@elysesd_) July 8, 2019
Everyone trying to find out why Jar Jar Binks is trending, is the most Jar Jar Binks reason to be trending pic.twitter.com/3WJMmcnDBS— The Social Fever (@Goon_Squaddddd) July 8, 2019
Twitter users were happy to find out the senator was safe and used the opportunity to show him some love.
Jar Jar Binks trending and I instantly think he died. Super relieved to find he’s ok and this is just another random trend. pic.twitter.com/2nMhqI5ZLV— Heather (@thickiinickkii) July 8, 2019
since my bby jar jar binks is trending let me introduce you to a meme I made when I was 15 pic.twitter.com/rK4AMk98bG— (っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ tracy ♥ (@spacehooters) July 8, 2019
Others were not so happy with Jar Jar Binks’ return.
Saw Jar Jar Binks was trending & expected to see an apology from George Lucas for ever creating the character. pic.twitter.com/JgbWv10iuK— Too many humans (@Coldbeanbuts) July 8, 2019
Then, there were those who chose to bring up the Sith Lord conspiracy.
Jar Jar Binks the original dark lord, and true sith master pic.twitter.com/itQm2bcCEM— R3CONL1ZARD (@R3CONL1ZARD) July 8, 2019
Will "Jar Jar Binks" finally be revealed as a Sith Lord? pic.twitter.com/Gm33uEDVJA— A sad (@xang767) July 8, 2019
As it turns out, Jar Jar Binks’ return can be traced back to a Star Wars-themed graphic shared on Twitter. The graphic most likely gained popularity after being shared by Mark Hamill a.k.a Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.
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Caitlin Davis is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism and Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in the Daily Texan and the Austin Chronicle.