The origins of “throwing shade,” like many slang words and phrases, are rooted in queer Black and Latino communities.
With the help of shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race, throwing shade reached a wider queer community than ever before.
And now suddenly everyone is throwing shade or accusing others of throwing shade.
Including these two straight guys on CNN.
This will most certainly be cited in queer studies thesis papers for years to come:
happy 2018 here’s two white straight men on CNN arguing over whether one of them is throwing shade pic.twitter.com/FsDSmppHE1
— Brendan Davis (@notbrendan) January 5, 2018
“If it’s not true, then we need to go and make sure we’re being very clear here. So, please don’t try to throw shade,” one says.
Well, OK. Being untruthful or deceptive is not even remotely what throwing shade is.
Someone needs to watch Paris is Burning: