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Here Are the Origins of Your Favorite Iconic 'Drag Race' Memes
Gotta love these ‘Drag Race’ memes!
We’ve got memes, GIFs, and catchphrases a-plenty.
200 episodes later, there have been a lot of memes and GIFs for RuPaul’s Drag Race to love, remember, and share. While most iconic Drag Race memes come from its so-called “golden era” between seasons four and six, there are also famous memes from even older seasons as well as the more recent ones.
As Drag Race season 15 reaches the 200th episode of the flagship series, this feels like the perfect time to look back at our favorite memes on the show and contextualize where they actually came from.
Scroll through to see some of our favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race memes of all time, and make sure to watch the 200th episode of the series this Friday, February 24 on MTV.
“I'm not done talking yet. You will speak when I'm done.”
The reunion special of Drag Race season two served up absolute chaos and drama. All season long, Tatianna experienced quite a journey fighting with contestants like Tyra Sanchez and Raven, but she wasn't having it in the reunion. When Raven tried to interrupt her, Tatianna shot back: "I'm not done talking yet. You will speak when I'm done."
“Girl, the shade… the shade of it all!”
The grand premiere of Drag Race season four was kicked off with a plethora of memes, and the most legendary of them all was Latrice Royale saying, “Girl, the shade… the shade of it all!” as she listened to the other queens being shady in the werk room.
“This is not RuPaul's Best Friend Race!”
The first episode of Drag Race season four already featured an explosive Untucked that had Jiggly Caliente justifying her lack of sewing abilities and Lashauwn Beyond yelling back, “This isn't RuPaul's Best Friend Race!” This memorable quote took on a life of its own and has been referenced time and time again over the years by longtime fans of the show.
“Your tone seems very pointed right now.”
The eighth episode of Drag Race season four, “Frenemies,” featured the disqualification of Willam for breaking the rules. Before that, though, Willam delivered a truly hilarious line in Untucked that entered the meme herstory books. After Phi Phi O’Hara furiously attempted to drag Willam to filth, the disqualified queen responded with a simple, “Your tone seems very pointed right now.”
“Sorry about it.”
Detox criticized Honey Mahogany's drag following her werk room entrance in the very first episode of Drag Race season five. Alas, Detox was kind enough to apologize for her candid remarks with a "Sorry about it" that would ultimately become her most memorable catchphrase.
“I don’t get cute, I get drop dead gorgeous.”
During the mini challenge of Drag Race season five episode three, the queens were asked to create mannequin dolls for an "America's Junior Drag Superstar" pageant. During her turn, Coco Montrese threw a little bit of shade toward Alyssa Edwards, who went on to claim that Montrese was trying to "get cute." This was followed by Edwards saying, "I don’t get cute, I get drop dead gorgeous."
“I can't wait to see how this turns out.”
The “Black Swan: Why It Gotta Be Black?” maxi challenge of Drag Race season five episode four gave us this extremely memorable RuPaul moment as she put on her opera glasses to watch the queens perform.
"I'm not joking, b*tch!"
The fifth episode of Drag Race season five featured the Snatch Game, as well as the legendary fight where Alyssa Edwards called out Coco Montrese for looking "too orange." Though Edwards claimed that she was just kidding, Montrese shot back with the legendary response, "I'm not joking, b*tch!"
Another iconic moment from season five episode five took place in Untucked. Alyssa Edwards and Jade Jolie got into a fight where Edwards called Jolie an "amateur." In response, Jolie said that everyone could see Edwards' "back rolls" popping out of her outfit. Then, in a confessional, a flabbergasted Edwards asked herself, "Back rolls!?"
“Yes, b*tch, work!”
The grand premiere of Drag Race season six featured this iconic moment from Gia Gunn reacting to Laganja Estranja's gravity-defying werk room entrance with a “Yes, b*tch, work!”
“I feel very attacked!”
Laganja Estranja broke down in Untucked and screamed "I feel very attacked!" after bombing in the "Drag Queens of Comedy" maxi challenge, which took place in episode eight of Drag Race season six.
“Not today, satan. Not today.”
Bianca Del Rio delivered her iconic “Not today, satan. Not today” quote in episode 12 of Drag Race season six. She was responding to Courtney Act, who questioned whether Del Rio would show on the runway “something we haven't seen.”
“Status update: dead.”
Absolutely nothing good came out of the third episode of Drag Race season seven, “ShakesQueer.” Well, except for one iconic GIF that gets used all the time by fans – and even non-fans – of the show: Max delivering the line “Status update: dead” while every other queen in the cast bombed the acting challenge.
One of the most recent additions to the herstoric Drag Race meme books was Gottmik's exclamation of “Gagatrondra!” during episode seven of Drag Race season 13.
“B*tch, she died.”
Episode 12 of Drag Race season 13 was the "The Nice Queens Roast," which came with a hilarious joke from Kandy Muse: "RuPaul is so old, I told her to act her age... b*tch, she died."