As the word "shade" becomes increasingly present in the vocabulary of those outside the LGBT community, it has become easy to forget the slang's original definition. In the legendary words of Dorian Corey, shade is: "I don't have to tell you you're ugly, but I don't have to tell because you know you're ugly." Devastating, witty, simple, cutting.
With that refresher in mind, let our First Lady give you an updated lesson on shade. In an interview with Stephen Colbert, Michelle Obama was asked if she felt bad for Melania Trump, who has endured her husband's heinous campaigning. Her answer:
"No, not really. No, because you have to be in it, if you’re in it, and if you don’t agree you’d should have agreed before they ran. Bottom line is, if I didn’t agree with what Barack was saying, I would not support his run. So...I stand there proudly, and I hope they are too. Standing with their spouses proudly. No sympathy!"
Later, when asked if Michelle felt bad for Melania after the fallout from the latter's plagarism of the former, Michelle responded, in perfect deadpan: “Yeah, that was tough.”
Anyway, I'm living.