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Looks like someone named Karen would hang this next to her eat pray love signs. I don’t think our FDL can get any better.
I somehow missed this becoming a thing

Both the memes and the meme backlash
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My name is Karen. I would like to register a complaint.

My name has been everywhere on the Internet in recent weeks, with #Karen trending on Twitter, flooding TikTok and becoming the subject of social media memes. #AndThenKarenSnapped also became a viral trend, describing white women losing their tempers.

In the past several years, “Karen” has come to represent a certain archetype of middle-aged white female privilege — or the new n-word, depending on whom you ask. Yup, “Karen” is the new black.

A young Karen likely would have been the class snitch, tattling on her classmates to the teacher to get them in trouble.

Middle-aged Karen is the one asking to see your manager. And a Karen at the peak of her powers will call the police on someone for a mild inconvenience...........

 

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The most plausible theory I've heard is it originated as people meming Henry Hill's coked up rants at his wife Karen from "Goodfellas" and then grew from there.
I though it all started over a year ago when that woman called the cops on black people that were in a park barbecuing because they were black and barbecuing in the park, whose name actually was actually Becky. Then some woman named Patty called the cops some black kid for selling umbrellas on the sidewalk. Those common names just became a generic white woman name like Karen.

I think the original was BBQ Becky.
 

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White women's just need to get the fork over themselves, said this white woman.

By the way, I call my sister Karen all the time. Because that's her name? (No. But it is) but she embodies all that is a Karen and may, in fact, be the prototype.
So what you’re saying is that she’s patient zero?
 

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I though it all started over a year ago when that woman called the cops on black people that were in a park barbecuing because they were black and barbecuing in the park, whose name actually was actually Becky. Then some woman named Patty called the cops some black kid for selling umbrellas on the sidewalk. Those common names just became a generic white woman name like Karen.

I think the original was BBQ Becky.
This is when it burst in to widespread usage, but it had been around (especially on black twitter) before that
 

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There was a "Karen" subreddit as early as 2017. A full year before BBQ Becky.

If you look at the earliest "Karen" stuff, it's not quite what it is now. It's mostly copypasta expressing exasperation at "Karen" or ranting at her in a way that seems like up with the possible Goodfellas origin. Most of them can be read in the voice of a screaming Ray Liotta and make perfect sense. Over time it snowballed and picked up negative tropes associated with a certain type of middle aged white woman and became what we know today.
 

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Satire, but lol...


 

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When did this "Karen" thing start?

A month ago? A year ago?

Why Karen?

Why not Cathy? Or Debbie? Or Julie?

It's been around for a fairly long time. It's been a joke at my job for at least two or three years.

I'm pretty it's named after Karen because of this Mean Girls clip which spawned memes long, long ago, but I'm not 100% sure:

 

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