[[caption-width-right:350:Older than we thought, apparently.[[note]]Original illustration from ''A Manual of Gesture'' by A.M. Bacon, 1875[[/note]]]]

->''"Talk to the hand, because the face ain't listening!"''

Sometimes a person is just done with the discussion or argument. They don't want to hear any more chatter or whining or arguing. So when the other half of the conversation tries to keep going, the first guy cuts them off by thrusting his palm in front of their face as if to stop any more words from being spoken.

The full "proper" way to do this is to turn away while sticking your arm out away from you to show the person you're trying to shut up your palm, coupled with the [[StockPhrase phrase]], "Talk to the hand!" Another variation is to turn around completely and even start walking away with your arms raised and showing the other person the ''back'' of your hand. Either way the message you're sending to the other person is essentially, "Talk all you want, I'm not listening." in a rather contemptuous manner.

The gesture itself is quite old; the words were popularized by the 90's sitcom ''Series/{{Martin}}'', being used extensively by the titular character.

Not to be confused with TalkToTheFist, which is a significantly more violent way to achieve the same purpose.



* In ''Angel - Smile Time''. Straight and played with at the same time - as the aforementioned hand belongs to a puppet. (Same scene in the TV version.)

* ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe''
-->'''Dr. Evil:''' Talk to the hand, 'cause the face don't wanna hear it anymore.
-->'''The President:''' What hand? Talk to your hand?
* ''Film/AliGIndahouse''
-->'''Ali G:''' Talk to the hand, 'cos the face ain't listening.
* In ''Film/{{The Beautician and the Beast}}'' Joy Miller teaches this to President Puschenko.
* ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' - the T-850 tells a male stripper to hand over his clothes. The stripper tells him to "talk to the hand", prompting the Terminator to grab his hand, nearly crush it, [[LiteralMinded and say "Now".]] Later, he repeats the line in a completely deadpan voice while stealing supplies from a roadside store.
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnOfTheDinosaurs''
-->'''Ellie:''' Talk to the trunk.
* In ''Film/StuartLittle'', Stuart's pleas fall on Snowbell's deaf ears, although he is invited to "talk to the butt."

* In Creator/RobinJarvis' ''[[Literature/DeptfordMice Deptford Mouselets]]'' book ''Fleabee's Fortune'', BrattyHalfPint Scabmona says the rat equivalent of this: "Talk to the claw 'cos the snout ain't listening!"

* During the debate over independence in ''Series/JohnAdams'', Edward Rutledge flippantly dismisses all the angry shouting from the pro-Independence side with the second variation.
* In an episode of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Nina got sick of working for Dick and quit him, so Dick hired Harry to take her place. When Dick started to boss Harry around, Nina taught him to use this phrase against Dick.
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''
-->'''Steve Carey:''' Bro, I wanted to tell you something for a long time...I play for the other team.
-->'''Lewis Kiniski:''' I knew it, he's gay.
-->'''Steve Carey:''' No, I mean the other softball team. And, if you think I'm gay, well... talk to the hand [sticks out his hand].
-->'''Lewis Kiniski:''' [to Steve's hand] Oh, hello.
* Jamie King from ''Series/TheJamieFoxxShow'' had his own version where he'd stick his hand in someone's face complete with making the sound of a braking car. Usually in ''[[ButtMonkey Braxton's]]'' face.
* ''Series/HorribleHistories''' Hitler Youth sketch:
--> '''UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler:''' Yes, join the Hitler Youth, and if you're lucky, we'll run so short of men that [[ChildSoldiers we'll send you off to fight und get killed for ze fatherland!]]
--> '''German Boy:''' But I'm only ten.
--> '''Hitler:''' ''[Gives Nazi salute]'' Talk to ze hand, 'cause ze face ain't listening.

* Near the end of ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal'', Guybrush says this to De Singe [[spoiler:after foiling his plans to control the winds of Flotsam]]:
-->'''Guybrush:''' Talk to the hand, sicko, [[HoldYourHippogriffs 'cause the pirate ain't listenin']]!
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', the protagonist brings his right palm up to the camera whenever the game is paused. Text in the top right of the screen reads "Don't look at me like that".

* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', "Anthology of Interest"
-->'''Dr. Zoidberg:''' Tell it to the claw.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' once had a [[ShowWithinAShow generic sitcom]] called ''Talk To The Hand'' (the theme tune even consisted of "Talk to the hand, the face ain't listening").
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together!", where Bobbi Fabulous tells the boys to "Talk to the hand!" when they try to convince him to join a Love Handel reunion concert, then takes it literally by making a hand puppet.
-->'''Bobbi Fabulous's Hand:''' Secretly, I'm very lonely...
** A CMOF happens when Rodney tries this on Doofenshmirtz, to which Doofenshmirtz proceeds to insult Rodney's hand then walk off.
--->'''Rodney:''' "No one talks to my hand that way!"