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This ‘Star Wars’ scene has become a meme

What to know about the new ‘Star Wars’ meme

Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) in “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.”
Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) parry with each other as R2-D2 rolls along in “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.”
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For a long time, the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy was the butt of many jokes. And for people who don’t mind the prequels, the jokes were often like sand“coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.”

Now, “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” has taken on a new life in the form of a meme. That’s right, a simple scene in “Attack of the Clones”sadly, not the sand one — has become a viral internet meme.

What does the ‘Star Wars’ meme mean?

OK. So the “Star Wars” meme is based off a scene from “Attack of the Clones” when Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) talk about politics. Specifically, Anakin talks about dictatorships and why they would work for society. Padme thinks he’s joking at first but then realizes he’s not (until she starts laughing at his ... charm?).

Honestly, from a reviewer's standpoint, the scene is cheesy and stale. But that brief moment where Padme questions herself has become a meme to represent hesitation and doubt.

“So the format is that someone will say something, then the other person will give a follow-up clarifying question and when the other person avoids answering it, the person seeking clarification begins to freak out,” according to CBR.

Examples of the ‘Star Wars’ meme

OK. Now to the good part. The “Star Wars” meme has been circulating social media in recent weeks, taking on all sorts of forms. We’ve collected a number of examples of the meme to show you.