Chances are you’ve probably seen this video by now. If not, take a few minutes to view it and return to this article...
systemic theft adoption of cultural elements by a different cultural group. Usually, this phenomenon is enacted by whatever perspective or cultural ideology dominates society, as “minorities” and “less celebrated” cultures seek to distinguish themselves from dominate culture, through creating ideas, rituals, rites of passage, symbols, etc. By adopting these cultural pieces, mainstream culture frequently misuses and misunderstands what was taken, as it is being understood in a different context; outside of the perspective of those who created the appropriated item. Much of the lingo featured in the previously mentioned video was created by the forefathers/foremothers of “Black Gay Culture,” namely those a part of the drag and ball culture communities.
Folks like Dorian Corey, Marsha P. Johnson, and their legacies created something unique to separate themselves from a movement that was predominantly viewed as a “middle-class, white phenomenon,” based upon their observations and experiences as queer people of color. Today, major aspects of “their creation” have slowly diffused into mainstream pop culture, being used in poor context, and without citing their community’s contribution.
much of the shallowness was a by-product of the host’s comedic tone; nevertheless, the presentation was pretty “off.” Let’s take a look at how “shade” was defined:
Shade - [to insult or speak ill off]
“...You keep throwing shade at me because I lost your library card... I told you I would replace it hunty.”