I hate sand (or I don’t like sand) refers to a scene of the 2002 Star Wars movie Attack of The Clones, where Anakin Skywalker utters to Senator Padmé at the end of their dialogue.
Online, the quote has been made into a series of reaction memes and image macros, and is generally used to criticize the Star Wars prequel episodes negatively.
Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones premiered in the United States in 2002.
The movie’s plot revolves around the romance between Padmé and Anakin, who falls in love with the senator after being charged with protecting her.
At one scene of the film, Anakin proceeds to tell Padmé the following cheesy line: “I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth.”
Both critics and the Star Wars fandom received the quote harshly.
So much so that it made it to the list of “64 Reasons to Hate Star Wars: Episode II” on the site ChiefElf.com in 2002.
I hate sand also gave the foundation to many YouTube parody videos.
Starting from 2016, ironic and anti-memes started to surface on 4chan, Reddit,and Tumblr, for example an image macro-style meme which has the screenshot of the I don’t like sand scene, captioned with the text: “When you don’t like sand.”