Don’t Be A Karen

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

The term is 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. Look at her the wrong way, speak to her in the wrong tone and before you know it she is screaming to speak with the manager.

Karen relishes in causing a scene and drawing attention 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 she is smarter and more entitled than others. After causing a scene she will proudly go home and brag to friends and relatives how she gave the what for to someone she perceived as doing her an injustice.

Some believe the term was coined in a 2005 Dane Cook comedy. “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 where a line was “Oh my God, Karen, you can’t just ask someone why they’re white! ” Thus it became a popular catch phrase for an overbearing, entitled twit.

To the millions of clever, smart and kind Karens out there it is certainly offensive and insulting. The male counterpart to Karen is Dick. “Don’t be a Dick” has been a term used for many years, so perhaps it is only fair some random female name is given some notoriety.

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.

Its popularity as a derogatory term for a woman who plain and simple is just a mean, nasty blight on society also heightened during the pandemic. The term “Coronavirus Karen” was used as a term for women who blatantly defied, with bad behavior, pandemic protocols. A woman in Tennessee carried a handmade sign that read “Sacrifice The Weak, Reopen Tn.” The mayor of Texas was dubbed a Karen when 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, Karen has been associated with white supremacy. The entitled white woman, snubbing her nose at people of color and reporting any small infraction to the police.

So please Don’t Be A Karen! It signifies unacceptable social behavior and it breeds hostility, hate, anger and resentment. It is a self centered approach to achieving a lowly perception of personal satisfaction.

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


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