If you ever find yourself in need of something to say in the mortifying seconds after you realize you’ve make a mistake, consider this timeless, charming phrase: “And I oop.”
If those three short words sound familiar, it may be because they’ve been floating around the internet since October 2015, when Jasmine Masters — a drag queen best known for competing on Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race — iconically uttered them in a video titled “Jasmine Masters handle your liquor.”
Around the 4:30 mark, the discussion about people needing to know their drinking limits came to an abrupt end when Masters exclaimed, “and I oop!” After taking a few minutes to recover, Masters went on to explain, “I just hit my balls.”
Since the video was uploaded to YouTube, the good people of the internet have given “and I oop” the meme treatment, imagining alternate scenarios for the phrase and dubbing the audio over other hilarious clips. After @eazy_a_714 shared the Masters clip on Twitter in March, the love for “and I oop” returned in full force.
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As “and I oop” memes make the rounds online yet again, let us take time to marvel over some of the best jokes based off of the mood-changing three words. (The pig video deserves some sort of award.)
this has and I oop energy
— Jenn McAllister (@jennmcallister) May 20, 2019
“And I oop-” has been a big fat mood all 2019
— 𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔱 𝔟𝔦𝔱𝔠𝔥 (@yourlocalgaymom) May 19, 2019
Masters has addressed the love for “and I oop” several times on social media, posting video compilations of fans saying the phrase along with “and I oop” songs.
There’s even been some “and I oop” merch made.
Be warned, once you “oop” there’s really no going back. I know because I’ve said the phrase out loud at my desk at least 10 times while writing this article.