Shade Comes From Reading…

The day isn’t over at Class And Trash!

Let’s discuss shade and reading.  We’ll begin our discussion with a guest lecturer, Mr. Dorian Corey.  In this clip from the documentary, Paris Is Burning, Dorian talks about reading and shade.

I hope you took notes.  There will be a test at the end of the post.

For those who didn’t watch the video above, it breaks down like this.  Reading or a read is a direct insult meant to embarrass or hurt the target’s feelings. Shade is an insult that sounds nice or innocent with the intention of catching your target off guard.  Let’s have some examples:


Now that was a read.

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And this is shade.

Do you see the difference?  The Dowager Countess has no concern for anyone else’s feelings.  Mariah’s sentence at its core is innocent, but she’s dismissing Nicki Minaj’s entire career.

I bring this up because as aspects of gay culture become more mainstream, it is important that we understand what we are saying and where it comes from. Simple as that.  And to be frank, there’s a metric ton on shade on this blog.  And that pleases us.


It really is one of the best feelings in the world.  What’s important is that if you catch yourself getting shaded is that you don’t respond with anger.  Fight shade with shade.  If you get upset, then that person has won.  Don’t take that!

So to wrap this up, I’ll leave you with a 3 question quiz.  (Oh you thought I was kidding?) Is this shade or a read?  Give us your answers in the polls below!

1) Harry responding to William – Shade or Read?

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2) Mariah describing Eminem – Shade or Read?

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3) Sheneneh’s “Customer Service” – Shade or Read?


Share your favorite shady stories or reads that make you laugh in the comments below!


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