There's nothing new under the sun. That's a phrase my father used to say to me sometimes when I thought I had created some sneaky new way to get away with something; there's nothing new! And well, apparently that's also the case with memes.
Jasmine Masters is a bit of a meme and gif queen. She knows it, we know it, it's canon! In 2019 she reportedly had the top GIF of the year with her "and I — oop" moment, and this is according to GIPHY, a site where people upload and download GIFS. At their count, the GIF has gotten over 419 million views! Well, another one of the stars just as funny, but maybe slightly less iconic moment was preceded by a remarkably similar clip of Dorian Corey from over two decades prior.
First up: the Jasmine moment.
In a 2014 video uploaded to YouTube titled "Say Thanks," Miss Masters pays tribute to those who helped her to get on RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 which aired in 2015. By the time she made the show she had already cultivated a following for her comedic stylings, and it was this comedy that got the attention of RuPaul and World of Wonder as well as other drag queens. In the eight-minute long clip, she thanks Chad Michaels and Porkchop for sending her videos to World of Wonder as well as Tammie Brown for publicly saying she was rooting for Masters to be on the show. She went on to thank her family and friends who helped and encouraged her for five years to continue trying out for Drag Race.
In the moment that has since gone viral, Masters is talking to all of the queens who didn't get on the season, empathizing with how jaded they may feel.
"I was a jaded bitch too," she says. "I was like, oh I could whoop her. I could do this, and I could do that — and not whoop her, whoop her ass, I mean whoop her in an outfit or what not —" The comment ws abruptly interrupted by two loud pops which many assume to be gunshots.
"What the fuck is that?!" Masters says. A few birds caw in the resulting silence. "I know I ain't crazy! Y'all heard .. I'm keeping ... what the fuck is going on in this neighborhood? We don't get down like that, everybody here go to work."
An iconic moment, but one that Dorian Corey had over 20 years before.
In a new clip of Corey from the classic film Paris is Burning, the queen of reading and shade , pampers herself in front of her mirror for the cameras. The footage comes from the hour of footage recently released by the Criterion Collection that didn't make it into the official documentary.
"Like life," she says, adjusting the wig in the clip that's been uploaded to Twitter by Tenz Magazine. "Don't take it," pops ring out in the background of the footage. Corey stops, looks in the direction of the noise and waits for it to subside before turning back to the camera.
"Alright," she says when it ends. "Gun fight at O.K. Corral! Got in just in time," she says to someone sitting off camera attending to her.
"It's a fun neighborhood!"
There's truly nothing new under the sun.