You’ve probably realized by now that people online are using the name “Karen” to describe any middle-aged (or older) white woman who is entitled, wants to speak to the manager (with her bad haircut), or who generally just doesn’t get how the world today works.
As someone who has a friend named Karen, well…they’re not always wrong. Just sayin’.
Does anyone else think the ‘Karen’ slur is woman hating and based on class prejudice?
— Julie Bindel (@bindelj) April 5, 2020
Some “Karens” out there feel like the label is akin to a racist or classist slur, though, and for those people….well, these 13 replies are pretty darn fitting.
13. Just a little truth bomb to get us started.
“Karen” was a term created *specifically by Black women* to talk about white women’s interpersonal + state violence against us and our communities: calling the police on us for getting coffee, threatening to have us fired, talking down to us at work (where we’re now “essential”).
— alicia sanchez gill. (@aliciasanchez) April 5, 2020
12. It’s all pretty funny, to be honest.
Not sure which is more hysterical, the concept of “Karen” being a slur or someone with the net worth & resources you have calling something classist.
Thanks for the laugh, Karen.
— Ari Dee ♈️ (@TheAriDee) April 5, 2020
11. Definitely just proving the point.
Trying to claim that ‘Karen’ is a slur is the whitest white woman thing I’ve seen yet.
— Fangirl Jeanne (@fangirlJeanne) April 5, 2020
10. Just dropping a bit of history for y’all.
Rich people claiming they’re being oppressed because of classism is the literal equivalent of those racists decrying ethnic replacement and racism against whites because someone accuses them of not using enough spices.
— Hailie ?? (@hail_g) April 5, 2020
9. It’s pretty mild, all things considered.
If being called “Karen” is a slur to you I think you’ll be okay
— Justin Jackson (@J_ManPrime21) April 5, 2020
8. So accurate it’s painful.
This is every Karen. pic.twitter.com/mbFuTDkJrt
— beth, happy happy funtime enthusiast (@bourgeoisalien) April 5, 2020
7. Where do I sign?
petition to change karen to “julie”. definition : a woman who erases black women & woc and manipulates misogyny to evade accountability in regards to whiteness and the many forms in which it commits aggression
— Bolu Babalola (@BeeBabs) April 5, 2020
6. The simplest explanation is usually correct.
“Karen” is a description of a particular type of white woman.
Everyone knows what a “Karen” is and why they are called a Karen.
If you don’t want to be called a Karen, don’t act like a Karen.
If you’re worried about being called a Karen, maybe the problem is you.
— J. Temperance ☭ : RIP DNC (1782-2020) (@notokaywithit) April 5, 2020
5. You keep using that word…I do not think it means what you think it means?
A… Slur?? pic.twitter.com/kby20GPSl9
— Myra (She really is beautiful innit) (@SussexPrincess) April 5, 2020
4. Seriously, just imagine.
Imagine living in the world where entitled middle aged princesses have to be a protected class because they didn’t get their way in the store.
— cheebee kayjay’s traphouse (@KeijiKG) April 5, 2020
3. One instance when I’m not mad about the term “actually…”
Actually, it’s based on white women avoiding accountability for their racism.
— phoenix calida, the misfit black girl (@uppittynegress) April 5, 2020
2. Short, sweet, and to the point.
oh my god karen, stop.
— molly conger (@socialistdogmom) April 5, 2020
1. It’s just a little too on the nose.
Julie’s agent is named Becky.. pic.twitter.com/IMpJSwR6D7
— Sarah Marie. The MFer is Im?d ?? (@Riginal_Zin) April 5, 2020
I’m dying, because really…these people complaining are just reinforcing the point.
Do you know a real Karen? A figurative Karen? Are you stealing some of these replies for yourself? Let us know which ones in the comments!