Where does Shut up and take my money! come from?
Shut up and take my money! originated in a 2010 episode of the animated show Futurama. It is shouted by one of the main characters, Fry, during his attempts to buy an “eyePhone,” a product parodying Apple’s iPhone, from a clerk reciting the gadget’s numerous shortcomings. Within a day, the German tech blog Crackerjack posted an image of Fry captioned with “Shut up and take my money!” and a meme was born.
Who uses Shut up and take my money!?
Shut up and take my money! is a popular image macro to post on forums or message boards discussing inventions and business models. Its popularity is especially pronounced on Reddit, where a subreddit called r/shutupandtakemymoney discusses new and innovative technology that posters might want to throw money at.
Shut up and take my money is a positive statement that can express approval or strong interest in an idea. It can be taken as encouragement for the seller or inventor of a new product, especially in the tech realm.
Shut up and take my money! can also be used as an adjective. For example, someone could have a “shut up and take my money idea” or a “shut up and take my money product.”
The meme is well-known enough at this point that people can be playful with it, swapping out Fry’s hair, outfit, and cash with other things, or using the words Shut up and take my money! with another image altogether.
“I'd buy. I'd submit. Total support. Shut up and take my money.”
Karen Osborne @karenthology Twitter (April 18, 2017)
“What is your 'shut up and take my money' movie reboot idea? [Serious]”
Clean_Elven_Arse Reddit (April 5, 2016)
“Ok.. I legit want this shirt already. #shutupandtakemymoney #intensifireconf #reppin”
yesthisis_kel Instagram (April 17, 2017)