According to Google, the phrase “Bye Felicia” has appeared on Queerty 1,800 times. Over the last few years, it’s become a ubiquitous hashtag; snappy shorthand to undercut and dismiss Twitter trolls or anyone else on the Internet that is unpleasant or otherwise inadvisable. Which is basically everyone.
These days, the phrase is inescapable. There are “Bye Felicia” T-shirts; Time magazine has written breathless articles about “Bye Felicia”, and there have been plenty of accusations of cultural appropriation, too. The 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton invented a distressing origin story for the phrase, which involves fellatio, guns, and an unfortunate woman wearing nothing but a pink thong.
In 2014, the phrase was even turned into a dance song called, yes, “Bye Felicia!” by New York DJ Joe Gauthreaux, where it somehow debuted at #5 on the Billboard Dance chart:
So, who is this Felicia, and why exactly should she go away? Well, she’s a character in the 1995 film Friday, and the reason she should scram is because she’s a needy user and super-annoying.
In fact, the line is really rather underwhelming in its original context. Here it is, in its natural habitat:
So here’s the burning question: Is it finally time to retire the phrase and say goodbye to “Bye Felicia?” Weigh in in the comments below.
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