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a couple articles about Karen
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If your name is Karen, Becky, or Chad, you may have noticed a growing trend of people using your name as an insult. Increasingly, “Karen” in particular has emerged as the frontrunner for the average “basic white person name” — a pejorative catchall label for a wide range of behaviors thought to have connections to white privilege. And the recently trending Twitter hashtag #AndThenKarenSnapped has further shifted the “Karen” meme from its nebulous origins toward becoming a mainstream trope.

Where a similar insult like “OK Boomer” stereotypes a specific generation, calling someone a “Karen” draws on associations people have built around extremely common names. But the stereotype the name conjures — at least in the US — is limited mainly to white women in their mid-30s or 40s. The archetypal “Karen” is blonde, has multiple young kids, and is usually an anti-vaxxer. Karen has a “can I speak to the manager” haircut and a controlling, superior attitude to go along with it:.............

 
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Karens are having a rough year. Over the past few months, the “Karen” meme that started out as mocking a fairly specific brand of white woman — an anti-vaxxer mom with an entitlement complex and “can I speak to the manager” hair — has undergone several rapid transitions. The name “Karen” has subsequently become virtually synonymous with more than just annoyed moms. Now, “Karen” is a stand-in for 2020’s fraught social politics.

Karens are having a rough year. Over the past few months, the “Karen” meme that started out as mocking a fairly specific brand of white woman — an anti-vaxxer mom with an entitlement complex and “can I speak to the manager” hair — has undergone several rapid transitions. The name “Karen” has subsequently become virtually synonymous with more than just annoyed moms. Now, “Karen” is a stand-in for 2020’s fraught social politics.

Each iteration of the meme has taken the “Karen” figure in a considerably different direction from its original satirical form — a barbed but humorous caricature of entitled white women. While the meme’s meaning was still somewhat malleable during the first months of the pandemic, the national conversation around Black Lives Matter protests rapidly changed what many people meant by “Karen.”

As the protests continue and political debate rages on, the Karen’s newly evolved association with white supremacy shows no sign of loosening, nor does the meme look like it will revert to its original, mostly innocuous form.

And now, we need to talk about Karen. Again...................

 

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Karen isn't racist, she hates everyone and everything equally

seriously though, why do some journalists insist on making everything about race?
 

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Karen isn't racist, she hates everyone and everything equally

seriously though, why do some journalists insist on making everything about race?
Well initially there was distinct names for BBQ Becky, Permit Patty, Golfcart Gail - and those all had specific racial connotations- eventually they all got lumped into ‘Karen’
And then SF pushes for the C.A.R.E.N act to curtail racially instigated 911 calls
 

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Well initially there was distinct names for BBQ Becky, Permit Patty, Golfcart Gail - and those all had specific racial connotations- eventually they all got lumped into ‘Karen’
And then SF pushes for the C.A.R.E.N act to curtail racially instigated 911 calls
Yes, and if we don't remind ourselves to keep these things separate, we will create an atmosphere in which the dominant super black Karen will emerge and fire us all
 

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