Don’t Be A Karen

“Don’t Be A Karen” is a term used to describe a self righteous, arrogant and sometimes racist middle aged white woman.

The type that will get herself in a knot over nothing at all.

She is particularly brutal to those in the service industry. Cashiers, waitresses and store clerks have all seen the likes of her many times over.

You can look at her the wrong way or even speak to her in the wrong tone and then before you know it she is screaming to speak with the manager.

I am sure we all know one ! Whether their name is Judy, Carol or Megan…..they can still be a Karen!

Karen relishes in causing a scene and drawing attention to herself. The louder, more obnoxious she is, the more people will pay attention her.

Karen is so into herself that she doesn’t see it as negative attention. She prides herself in thinking and believing that she is smarter and even more entitled than others.

After causing a scene she will then proudly go home and brag to her friends and relatives about how she gave the “what for” to someone she perceived as doing her an injustice.

Where did the term come from?

The term was said to be born out of a line from a 2005 comedy by Dane Cook.

“Every group has a Karen and she is always a bag of douche” was one of the lines in his routine.

Others relate it to the 2004 Mean Girls film. With the line being “Oh my God, Karen, you can’t just ask someone why they’re white! ” Thus it became the popular catch phrase for an overbearing and an entitled twit.

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To the millions of clever, smart and kind Karen’s out there it is certainly offensive and insulting.

Meanwhile, The male counterpart to Karen is Dick.

The male counterpart of the term is Dick, “Don’t be a Dick” has been a term used for many years.

So perhaps it is only fair that some random female name is given some notoriety as well.

The phrase constantly gains momentum and is rampant online. There are Don’t Be A Karen memes, sayings, buttons, posters, bumper stickers, videos and shirts.

It is a derogatory term for a woman who plain and simple is just a mean, nasty blight on society. Its popularity also heightened during the pandemic.

Don’t Be A Karen And The Pandemic

A woman who blatantly defied pandemic protocols and exhibited bad behavior while doing so was called a “Coronavirus Karen”

An example of this is the woman in Tennessee who carried a handmade sign. It read “Sacrifice The Weak, Reopen Tn.”

The mayor of Texas was called a Karen. She was photographed defying her own stay at home order by going to a nail salon !

During recent protests of the police killing of George Floyd, the term was associated with white supremacy.

She is the entitled white woman, snubbing her nose at people of color. She will report any small infraction to the police.

Being a Karen is a self centered approach to achieving a lowly perception of personal satisfaction.

So please Don’t Be A Karen!

It signifies unacceptable social behavior and it breeds hostility, hate, anger and resentment.

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.


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