No, Felicia isn’t Omarosa’s first name.
Unless you’ve been living in a wormhole, you heard “Good Morning, America” host Robin Roberts dismiss ousted White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman Thursday with a quippy “Bye, Felicia.”
Omarosa Manigault Newman claims the White House did not forcibly remove her from the premises, but her version of the events of her departure from her White House position are taken with a grain of salt by many.
The phrase, which heightened to meme status a few years ago, originally came from the 1995 comedy “Friday,” starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.
In the movie, Tucker’s character refuses to give neighborhood drug addict, Felicia (played by Angela Means-Kaaya) his car or any marijuana. When she turns to Cube’s character, he dismisses her with a swift “Bye, Felicia.”
The video clip of the movie’s scene, which was uploaded onto YouTube in 2007, has over 4 million views.
The phrase increasingly rose in popularity as a way to tell someone to leave you alone. Beyond fans of the film, the phrase entered a wider lexicon in its use on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” before hitting the Twitter streets and exploding into a mainstream phenomenon.
According to Google Trends, search terms for the phrase began to rise in 2013, leading to a spike in usage in hashtags, Twitter conversations, TV shows, and merchandise with the phrase splattered on it in pink, gold, and other shiny colors.
(Protip: If someone spells “Felicia” with a ‘sh’, they don’t know the history of the term.)
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VH1 even hoped to spin a TV show off the phrase, but the makeover reality series, which premiered in December of 2014, only last about a month.
When the movie about Ice Cube’s early career, “Straight Outta Compton” released in 2015, director D. Gary Gray included a character named Felicia for the actor playing Cube (his son O’Shea Jackson, Jr.) to dismiss.
While doing press for the film, in its 20th anniversary year, Cube told Conan, it was “the phrase to get anybody out of your face that’s saying something stupid.”