Women are reclaiming terms that were once demeaning and disparaging. Being a “boss ass b*tch,” bossy, and blunt are considered desirable qualities for female twentysomethings. Celebrities like Rihanna have popularized trends like throwing shade, which is a good thing. You're allowed to be as f*cking blunt as you want.
1. Some people need to take their egos down a few notches.
When you throw shade, you’re doing other people a favor. They don’t realize how ridiculous they sound, so a little bit of side eye and a brow-raise will do the trick. You’re not b*tchy, you’re outwardly telling that self-absorbed airhead that he’s a total douche without saying a word.
2. Your best friend needs a reality check.
Best friends show their true colors around each other - that’s why you have best friends. But sometimes your main girl is being a little too over the top. You have to bring her back to the real world and make her tone it down a bit. She’s not an entitled princess. You could throw her shade from across the apartment and she’ll get the picture.
3. Those drama queens need to shut the f*ck up.
Sometimes you have to get serious about throwing shade at people you’re not even friends with. You’re out with your social circle, and one of those basics starts carrying on about her drama. Or she starts some stupid fight because she loves attention. So you go Rihanna-level shade on her *ss and shut down that nonsense.
4. Everyone around you is trying way too hard.
You just cannot help but roll your eyes when you’re around people who are total posers, or *ss-kissers, or just completely fake. Someone needs to throw shade for the rest of us to stay sane. But you probably end up getting out of there before you explode.
5. Your co-worker is being a total suck-up and you need to let her know that it’s not cute.
You’re not the kind of person who needs to be best buddies with everyone. So when that suck-up gets out of hand at the meeting, you throw a deliciously shady comment about kissing the boss’s *ss too much.
6. Someone took your joke too seriously and raises their eyebrows at you. Calm. TF. Down.
You’re not a shade-throwing robot; you’re a down-to-Earth human who occasionally calls out the ridiculous behavior of others. So when you’re joking around and someone raises her eyebrows at you, you’re like, um excuse me? Calm down, honey. No one throws shade better than you.
7. The salesperson in the store is looking at you like you won’t buy anything. F*ck off.
You feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Like hello, that condescending attitude is not going to encourage you to buy anything. So you throw shade right back at that salesperson and nonchalantly buy something just to spite her. (Who cares if you return it at a different location. It’s all about the principle of it, right?)
8. Your frenemy is subtly throwing shade at you on social media and you need to show her that she ain’t sh*t.
That one little ho is trying to call you out, and everyone knows it. She’s being way too obvious. So you throw it right back at her and top all of her annoying little posts. That’s how it’s done.