Bye, Felicia

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Ice Cube (pictured in 2012), who starred in and co-wrote the script for the 1995 film Friday, in which the phrase originated

"Bye, Felicia" is a two-word phrase, originally from the American stoner buddy crime comedy film Friday (1995). According to Ice Cube, who starred in the film and co-wrote its script, "Bye, Felicia" is "the phrase 'to get anyone out of your face.'"[1]

Popular culture

The saying gained popularity and is still used today, even by people who have never seen the film. In 2009, it entered the lexicon of RuPaul's Drag Race, an American reality competition television series produced by World of Wonder for Logo. However, People said "even that wouldn't necessarily account for the phrase extending beyond the cultures that would watch either Friday, Drag Race or both. (Seriously, just look how often people use it on Twitter.)"[1] Furthermore, the magazine said of the phrase, "So when your square friend uses it, take a little bit of pleasure in knowing they're referencing a stoner comedy – or a drag reality show referencing a stoner comedy – even if they have no idea."[1]

In 2014, VH1 began airing a television show called Bye Felicia, and American R&B-pop singer Jordin Sparks released a mixtape titled #ByeFelicia.[1][2] According to Google Trends, the phrase reached its highest usage in the past two years.[1]

The phrase was referenced in Straight Outta Compton, a 2015 movie about the rap supergroup N.W.A. whose members included Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Citation needed |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }}


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  2. Walker, John (November 25, 2014). "Jordin Sparks Has Two Words for Jason DeRulo On New Mixtape: ‘Bye Felicia’". MTV. Retrieved July 25, 2015.

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