I don't know about anyone else, but the first time I saw Star Wars: Episode 1, I thought Jar Jar was hysterical, and everyone laughing in the theater seemed to agree with me. Then I went home, went on the Net, heard some anti-Jar Jar sentimes, and they seemed to spread like wildfire.
I mean, come on, what's WRONG with Jar Jar? Is he any worse than the little boy who by chance happens to fly into outer space and win the battle for the Federation? How about the little teddy bears that beat up the Empire's finest with sticks and rocks, and take C-3PO as their God? Or Chewbacca's family from the Christmas special?
Star Wars is full of silly moments--why is only Jar Jar despised? He's at least as cool as Chewbacca.