I don’t like sand refers to a popular quote from Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, said by Anakin Skywalker.
Online, the phrase is used synonymously to criticism directed toward the Star Wars prequels.
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones premiered in the United States on May 12th, 2002.
One of the scenes involve Anakin and Padme (played by Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman respectively) talking about the home planet of Anakin.
It is here, the young jedi utters the phrase “I don’t like sand”.
Right after the release of the film, the phrase has been brought up by critics as a major example of the motion picture’s weaknesses, clichés.
Even prior to 2010, the phrase has been parodied and included on memes, on forums, related to Star Wars as well as Tumblr.
Its popularity would see a bigger increase in 2015, as YouTube parodies would crop up, featuring “I don’t like sand”.
The meme would continue to appear on Facebook, Tumblr as well as Reddit’s r/Prequelmemes sub.