Artful Shade, and living with yourself

With the political climate so feverish right now, there are immense amounts of negativity being thrown around.  As you dodge and weave to avoid the gaping black hole of every hateful conversation pulsating in your periphery, you have to find somewhere to turn-and find some way to act that you can live with.  If you’re anything like me, you turn to comedy (and very deep breaths) and, guilt-free shit talking.

YES!  But how do you do it?

1.)  There is a line you must tread with shit talking, so as to not set off the more nurtured parts of your brain:  the parts attached to empathy and your heart-strings and your memories of being an awkward teenager.  Are you with me?  Are you visualizing that line?  Now.  You must stay on this side of that line, where everything is rainbow-colored and tears only come from too much laughter.

2.) You must seek out those comrades with whom you can share such shit talking with.  They must be receptive to the comments, and they must be able to contribute to the conversation in a comical way.

3.) You must have a common ground for shit talking.  If you are looking to throw shade at Episodes I-III, but your friend only likes Star Trek, YOU HAVE MESSED UP STEP 3.  It’s okay.  We all fuck up.  Just be aware of who you are with when you engage in shit talking.

a.)Note: Avoid topics that might hurt this persons feelings. Like, if you think Harry Potter is stupid, and you find yourself in a conversation with me, quit talking immediately and walk the fuck away.  And NEVER COME BACK.

Now.  If you follow these 3 easy steps, as presented to you, you too can talk shit!  For examples on how to talk shit, or throw shade at your friends tune in to Beauty and the Bitch!  Mic + I have been perfecting the art of Shade over the years, and have truly leveled up with our subtle insults and outright lies we spread.  I enjoy watching the evolution of our content as we consume more and more material around us.  We rely heavily on the fantasy and pop culture Zeitgeist.  An example of shade you may currently throw at a friend in passing conversation is to say:  “Gawd, you’re such a Sansa.” BUT, only if you’re bothon the up and up with Game of Thrones, and you both agree that Sansa can be a whiny bitch.  (Note:  Sansa has recently been moving towards being a boss ass bitch, but her transition is not yet complete, so the insult still stands).  Another choice could be: -“Boo, you whore/ [insert anything from Mean Girls]” Trust me- it always lands.

I truly hope we can all turn to comedy, and use artful insults to get us through the day, without crossing a line that makes ourselves and others feel bad!  Use your comedy to brighten the days of those around you!  It will make more of a difference than you can imagine.

Find your tribe.  Make fun of them.  Laugh.  Repeat.

-Morgan Messick

Originally posted on Beauty and the Bitch


Morgan CircleMorgan Messick is a Pop-Culture fanatic, Podcast Host, and total #BookBabe living in Austin, TX with her Husband and little dog Scoop. She aspires to grow her #TBR pile, do all of the hiking, travel as often as possible and make a joke at every turn. She utilizes laughter and yoga for daily medicine, thinks that Harry Potter is magic for all ages, and truly believes Die Hard is a great Christmas movie (SO DEAL WITH IT.) Catch her musings here, and around the web — links in the “about” page!

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