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.
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,” 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.