The Brief: After Donald Trump repeatedly interrupted him during the first presidential debate, Joe Biden told him off, saying "will you shut up, man," inspiring online reactions and a new meme format.
In Cleveland, the first presidential debate between former Vice President Joe Biden and current President Donald Trump inspired several meme formats and viral jokes, including one from the moment when Joe Biden said “will you shut up, man” to his opponent. As Trump repeatedly interrupted him while he was delivering an answer about the Supreme Court, Biden responded with “will you shut up, man?” followed by “this is so unpresidential” and “keep yappin’ man” as moderator Chris Wallace tried to establish order in the room.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 30, 2020
As soon as Biden uttered the phrase, people remarked on how relatable the urge is to tell the President to simply “shut up.”
When Biden said to Trump, "Will you *shut up*, man?" he was speaking for over 200 million Americans on the low end
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) September 30, 2020
Apparently, Hillary Clinton would have liked to have said that herself in the 2016 debates, which she confirmed on Twitter.
You have no idea.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 30, 2020
The Biden campaign reportedly started selling “will you shut up, man” t-shirts based on the meme, but as of the time of writing, they’re no longer listed on the website.
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— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) September 30, 2020
More broadly, meme-makers have applied the “will you shut up, man” line to a variety of situations, many of which have nothing to do with the debates themselves.
A crossover meme: