One kidnapper totally silenced the
other — with an axe — in Fargo (1996).
Blawgletter never tires of watching Fargo. And you? Remember the scene when one kidnapper (Steve Buscemi) complains that the second kidnapper (Peter Stormare) doesn’t talk much? Then he says: "Two can play at that game, smart guy. We’ll just see how you like it. Total silence." (Buscemi can’t keep his mouth shut, though, and he famously ends up in a woodchipper (see picture above).)
Sort of the same thing happened in New York today. Nobody clapped, and no one cheered, when the CEO of the U.S. government told corporate CEOs to take less pay when their performance falters. He said (story here):
Government should not decide the compensation for America’s corporate executives. But the salaries and bonuses of CEOs should be based on their success at improving their companies and bringing value to their shareholders.
Blawgletter supposes that some in the audience, unkindly reflecting on the President’s 30-and-below approval ratings (summary here), may have muttered "you first, sir" . . . into the otherwise total silence.