Online, the expression may be used to express the depressing and gloomy nature of bad news. However, it may also be used as an ironic response to inquiries about the wellbeing of someone, or as a reaction GIF or image macro.
The quote comes from Season 1 Episode 3 of “Futurama,” which was first aired on October 5th, 1999, under the title “I, Roommate.”
At one point in the episode, Professor Farnsworth receives a phone call, where they tell him about the demise of someone. When he asks whether the person in question died painlessly, he listens to the response, and says with a surprised voice “To Shreds, You Say?”. When he asks about the dead person’s wife, he asks “To Shreds, You Say?” once again.
The Deadass delivery of the gag led to many of the series’ fans claiming it to be one of the best jokes of the show.
“To Shreds, You Say?” was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2009, however, memes and image macros didn’t emerge online until almost a decade later.
A clip of the scene was uploaded to YouTube by Roger ‘The Dankmaster’ Penrose on April 16th, 2016.
Since 2016, the quote would appear in memes on Reddit and Twitter, as well as the title of an “Iron Chick” song, released on October 13th, 2017.
While not the most popular meme, “To Shreds, You Say?” is still a significant joke, that shaped pop culture during the 2000s, eventually turning into an iconic reaction meme at the end of the 2010s.