Before Dorien Corey defined shade for the uneducated masses, before Nene blooped her way to the top, and before Cookie dragged that "fake ass Lena Horne" on Empire, there was...DYNASTY.
In the penultimate episode of the glitzy fourth season, "New Lady In Town," Dominique Deveraux (played by Diahann Carroll) has a sitdown with Alexis Carrington (played by Joan Collins).
For those of you who still, after all this time, don't know the definition of shade (many people do not, as evidenced below), this scene is a masterclass in how to give and respond to shade.
So let's analyze the wisdom this scene from Dynasty has bestowed on us, shall we?
1. To engage in a shade-off, there must be a warning shot.
2. Then outline the theme of the shade session. What will you be discussing?
3. Now, when someone engages you in a shade-off, there's no need to get your feathers ruffled.
4. Use "I" statements to express your feelings.
5. Question your opponent's subjectivity.
6. But remember — no question is allowed to be rhetorical during a shade-off.
7. But you can add to sentences!
8. If you're feeling confident, fire off a set of rapid-fire shady, yet FACTUAL comments that CANNOT be challenged.
9. Like this:
10. Or this:
This one's just rude. That's like telling someone they have a gorgeous, Olympic-size swimming pool, but then reminding them they never even placed for a bronze medal.
There CAN be responses to these, however. Alexis turns the shade around and uses it to insult Dominique. "Only small yachts." Yaaassss, my yachts are bigger than yours, boo. Who wouldn't get sick on your Gilligan's Island dingy?
11. Do not slut-shame.
How does one end a shade-off?
They can go on and on until someone delivers a crushing blow. Either the person who initiated the shade-off will finish things quickly, or the shadee will turn the tables with a quickness.