Here, what we really like is the clashes. But what we like even more is disguised clashes to make it look like they’re not really clashes when in reality, it’s really big big clashes. And that’s called a passive-aggressive move. To be passive-aggressive is to succeed in more or less masking your hostility towards someone by using devious means to piss them off. And what’s good is that there have always been a lot of clashes in history. And that is fun.
1. Princess Diana’s Revenge Black Dress
In 1994, Lady Di, guest of honor at the annual charity evening given by Vanity Fair at the Serpentine Gallery in London, arrived in a dress that would turn the world upside down. The day before the evening, Charles had confessed his infidelities in an interview broadcast on TV. When she arrives the next day in a short dress with bare shoulders (not really the kind of look encouraged by the crown), it is therefore obvious that it is a “revenge dress”, to show her ex-husband that she is now a free woman, one who no longer needs Prince Charles.
2. Sarah Michelle Gellar when Kanye West and Kim Kardashian made the cover of Vogue
“Well… I think I’m going to cancel my subscription to Vogue. Who follows me? It couldn’t be any clearer there… Nice Buffy star.
3. M Pokora who kindly sent a tweet to Aya Nakamura
Aya Nakamura had already been surprised by the price of Mr. Pokora at the NRJ Music Awards, when she found him old-fashioned. Obviously not happy, he defended himself by saying that he had been in the physical top 10 for 10 years. And that was not enough for him, because he insisted on putting it back with a little tweet intended for the singer, in the passive-aggressive style.
4. Prince William told Jack Whitehall he could have him beheaded
OK, seen like that, it seems more aggressive than passive. However, it was only a joke that still served to remind the actor that he had better stop flirting with Kate Middleton too closely, because little William, he is jealous and he does not like too much to flirt with his wife in front of his eyes. Anyway, William said, “So you flirting with my wife? Do you remember that I could have you decapitated? “. And personally, it doesn’t really make me want to flirt with Kate there.
5. Katy Perry who apparently didn’t love Britney Spears’ cut
After being asked about her new hairstyle, Katy replied, “It’s the last color on the spectrum that I can do. I’ve done them all, and the only thing left for me to do is shave my head, which I’m really saving for a public outage. I’m ready for that. “A bit silly, because Britney had just done that, so we quickly understand that she did not love the remark.
6. Zayn Malik who tackled his post-breakup ex
After his split from Perrie Edwards, Zayn began dating Gigi Hadid while shading Perrie in an interview by implying that she wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer. He said, and I quote, “I need a challenge. I also enjoy an intellectual conversation, where someone can build a sentence beyond the hair and makeup they wear, and talk about politics or the world. I like to have an opinion. So we understood that the person targeted was Perrie. It’s not very classy to tackle your ex like that.
7. …What her ex responded to with music
Music that talks about his “sexual performance”. Still not particularly classy, but good.
8. Bella Hadid who stole the show from her ex
Bella Hadid is undoubtedly one of the worthy heirs of Lady Diana’s “Revenge dress”. Invited to the same ceremony as her former boyfriend (The Weeknd) and her new sweetheart, the model eclipsed the new couple thanks to a lace jumpsuit by Alexander Wang. The technique of the dress has certainly been seen and reviewed, but it’s still funny to see.
If you want to be passive-aggressive yourself, there are also passive-aggressive messages you can learn from.