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Watch These Two Straight, White Guys Try to Argue About Throwing Shade

What do you think of when you think of throwing shade? Paris Is Burning? RuPaul’s Drag Race? CNN at 8 pm on a Thursday night?

Yeah, probably not the latter. But that’s exactly what happened when two straight, white men CNN commentator Brian Karem and Trump’s former communications director Jason Miller traded barbs live on the air. One Twitter user caught the exchange on video.

“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,” Miller said, straightly.

“I’m not throwing shade,” Karem replied, trying desperately to grasp what shade means.

Now, in case you need reminding, shade is not just being mean or talking over someone. It’s an art form and mode of expression started in queer black and Latino communities.

So, please, straight white men, we implore you: shade is for lounging, not throwing.

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Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew is a staff writer at INTO. His work has appeared in Mic, Slate and Complex. He loves "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Flannery O'Connor and female rappers and is working on a memoir.

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