It’s treason then refers to a memorable quote from Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
Online, it is used as a reaction image macro and reaction GIF, to express feelings of betrayal and to reflect on disloyalty.
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith premiered in the United States on May 12th, 2005.
In one of the scenes, Chancellor Palpatine (portrayed by Ian McDiarmid) is confronted by Jedi in order to arrest him, to which he responds with the line “It’s treason then”.
“It’s treason then” became a popular meme in the 2010’s, appearing on posts ranging from Reddit to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and 9GAG to Imgur and Tumblr.
Its popularity was boosted significantly in 2016, when the r/PrequelMemes subreddit was launched.
- Fandom – Star Wars Memes Wiki