There is no denying that RuPaul’s Drag Race has become a pop culture phenomenon. Nowadays, this franchise is an Emmy-winning, social media-conquering, popular culture-shaping juggernaut for VH1 and its parent company Viacom as a whole.
All in all, the Drag Race vernacular has entered mainstream consciousness and spilled all over the different parts of the entertainment industry. Many of the show’s iconic catchphrases and hilarious quotes are now part of everyday lingo, not only forwarding the Paris Is Burning language, but also creating its own Drag Race-specific references. Read below to find out some of the funniest quotes of the show that became mainstream.
10 “NO T, NO SHADE, NO PINK LEMONADE”
Jasmine Masters has conquered the internet with her short videos on social media. In 2019, for instance, Ms. Masters went viral with her “And I oop–” quote from a video posted online.
When it comes to RuPaul’s Drag Race quotes that went mainstream, we certainly have to mention Jasmine Masters’ “No T, no shade, no pink lemonade” quote on season 6, which has become something that a lot of people say in different contexts. Essentially, this quote means, “I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but…”
Despite her short run on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4, it is always a hoot to watch Jasmine Masters on TV. Thankfully, we can count on her online presence to laugh with this iconic queen.
9 “DON’T GET BITTER, JUST GET BETTER!”
Alyssa Edwards may not have done well during the “RuPaul Roast” episode of season 5, but her “Don’t get bitter, just get better” quote during that challenge was certainly one for the books. Over time, this quote also ended up entering mainstream consciousness, as it is something that people find both general enough and relatable enough to say.
Another iconic thing about Alyssa Edwards on RuPaul’s Drag Race is her signature tongue pop, which is now widely recognizable and imitated by virtually every drag queen in the world.
8 “YOUR TONE SEEMS VERY POINTED RIGHT NOW”
Throughout Drag Race history, it is hard to find a bigger lovable rebel than Willam. All in all, Willam has an eerie calmness to her, as well as a hilarious and self-conscious narcissism that is hard to imitate.
During the Untucked episode of season 4’s “Frenemies,” Phi Phi O’Hara went off on Willam, assertively telling her that Drag Race was “a show for talented people” and saying that the queen should not be there at all. After Phi Phi’s succession of insults, Willam calmly replied, “Your tone seems very pointed right now.”
As a GIF, Willam’s quote has grown a life of its own, as it is understandably a very relatable response to just about any accusation or aggressive behavior that may be directed at you.
7 “BACK ROLLS!?”
At this point, the entire world knows that “Back rolls!?” is the best of saying “I have no idea what this person is talking about, and how dare they.”
This quote was delivered by Alyssa Edwards during an Untucked episode of season 5, as Jade Jolie was accused the queen of displaying back rolls on the runway. This quote is so mainstream that it even made its way to an episode of Jeopardy!.
6 “BECAUSE I AM WHAT? SICKENING.”
On season 3, Shangela was a returning contestant with a lot to prove. However, Mimi Imfurst was not very content with this queen’s return to the series, and decided to point out that she had heard rumors about Shangela having a ‘sugar daddy.’
What followed Mimi Imfurst’s accusation was a sickening response from Shangela, as she candidly delivered what has become one of the most widely-recognized quotes in the history of RuPaul’s Drag Race. In response to Mimi, Shangela said: “I don’t have a sugar daddy. I’ve never had a sugar daddy. If I wanted a sugar daddy, yes, I probably can go out and get one, because I am what? Sickening.”
5 “THE SHADE… THE SHADE OF IT ALL.”
It is impossible to think about season 4 without remembered Latrice Royale, and her iconic first appearance on Drag Race was kicked off on the very first episode, when the queen delivered her “The shade… The shade of it all” quote.
“The shade of it all” has largely defined the Drag Race franchise. There are various song titles, podcast names, and an incredible variety of GIFs that all reference this one quote from Latrice Royale.
4 “FACTS ARE FACTS, AMERICA!”
There is no doubt that Monique Heart’s one-on-one interview segments on season 10 stood out from all of the other contestants. Despite the fact that this queen delivered several iconic quotes, the most iconic line of all was certainly “Facts are facts, America!”, which she said while breaking the fourth wall on Drag Race.
This line has become so popular and mainstream that politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even tweeted it out in January of 2019, in reference to the importance of fact-checking information in the age of the internet.
3 “YOU’RE PERFECT YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL, YOU LOOK LIKE LINDA EVANGELISTA”
While this certainly did not start out as a ‘funny’ moment, Aja’s resentful “Linda Evangelista” speech to Valentina on season 9 has become one of the most hilarious and iconic quotes in the history of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The full quote goes, “You’re perfect, you’re beautiful, you look like Linda Evangelista, you’re a model. Everything about you is perfect. Did you stone those tights? Oh, you’re smiling!” This unforgettable moment has been remixed as a song quite a few times over the years, and it had been shared repeatedly as a GIF on social media.
2 “MISS VANJIE (3X)”
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo was sent home first on season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but little did she know that her runway exit would become one of the most mainstream moments in the history of reality show competitions. Her “Miss Vanjie, Miss Vanjie, Miss Vanjie” chant while walking backwards went on to be referenced countless times by celebrities everywhere.
To name a few, Rihanna has said “Miss Vanjie” during an Instagram story, RuPaul wore a Miss Vanjie necklace to the Time 100 Gala, and countless memes have been shared online using the phrase. This has not only solidified Vanessa Vanjie Mateo’s place in Drag Race history, but it has also catapulted the franchise itself to new mainstream heights.
1 “NOT TODAY, SATAN. NOT TODAY.”
On season 6, Bianca Del Rio was the queen of everything. This queen killed every challenge, delivered iconic one-liners during her one-on-one interviews, and ultimately became one of the most widely respected Drag Race winners of all time.
When ranking Bianca Del Rio’s quotes on the show, it is hard not to put “Not today, Satan. Not today.” at the very top. Over time, this quote has developed an entire life of its own, being worn as a t-shirt by celebrities, said by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, and even referenced on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.