As much as we all love the classic "Karen" meme, it turns out that real-life Karens aren't too impressed with the recent racist connotations surrounding their namesake.
And it turns out that they feel so strongly about the matter, that they have even launched a petition... In true Karen style, of course.
Over the last couple of months, we have seen an influx in "Racist Karens"...And let me tell you, it hasn't been pretty.
Now, "Karens" used to be known for demanding the presence of a manager in order to complain...
You can tell how Karen a Karen is by how she reacts to a Karen meme https://t.co/j6u7y8N3Z1— Spinelli ϟ (@Spinelli ϟ)1588157381.0
But, in more recent times...
Congratulations, you played yourself https://t.co/SCRHBNsUO3— Antisocial_butterfly (@Antisocial_butterfly)1532473433.0
We can't help but notice that it is often middle-aged white women at the center of many of these racist scandals...
@melodyMcooper Karen: “this African American is threatening me and my dog.” Also Karen: *proceeds to strangle her… https://t.co/dPl7osoipI— Behdad Sami (@Behdad Sami)1590438882.0
The incident happened in Central Park...
Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clear… https://t.co/zFb3O0cClz— Melody Cooper (@Melody Cooper)1590426192.0
And, as well as being fired, Amy was christened as a "Karen"...
via: TwitterThus kickstarting a new trend of labeling racist white women.
It stuck fast...
It’s your time to shine #Karen ! Be the change #BlakeLivesMatter ##BLM #BLMprotest https://t.co/qTgWTjIzzb— grDrama (@grDrama)1591795661.0
A middle-aged white woman in Phoenix was filmed targeting a Hispanic shopper in her local supermarket...
#Phoenix #Arizona - Shell gas station 7th and Greenway #racism #racist https://t.co/FCCgKptbAK— BallerAlert (@BallerAlert)1591551403.0
And then there was the "hammer-smash" Karen.
Bruh I hate racist ppl so much .. Im all the way in Miami while this dumbassbihh in LA fucking my car up .. all cuz… https://t.co/euqa0Qf5Lw— edy📸 (@edy📸)1592059503.0
Do you get the gist?
@bindelj “Karen” was a term created *specifically by Black women* to talk about white women’s interpersonal + state… https://t.co/tm3iS4bUMA— a Black-passing openly Black Latina. (@a Black-passing openly Black Latina.)1586106403.0
However, while this has proven to be a humorous way of dealing with racist women for most of us...
@KazHammi It's just an internet meme. It started off with memes saying "Karen took the kids" and escalated to "Kare… https://t.co/jo8PzFCkau— 💫 Star Queen 💫 (@💫 Star Queen 💫)1586192318.0
Yep, let's please remember that there are millions of women who were christened with the unfortunate name at birth...And now, they have had enough of their titles being used to make fun out of racist women.
A petition has been launched.
via: TwitterStarted by Karen Masters (the master of Karens... Get it?), the description reads: "My name is Karen, and I've had enough of my name and my Karen friends being used to describe racist women in the tabloids."
The description (or rant) continued:
via: Twitter"It's unfair to use a name to describe a collection of women who are racist or not law-abiding. As a Karen, this is upsetting and unfair." "Please help me to get this stopped."
After launching her petition, which has so far had 390 signatures...
via: TwitterKaren then appeared on the British breakfast show, This Morning, where she explained the reasoning behind her move further. "I just noticed a few memes and TikToks going on and, you know, it started off being quite funny... But then, when the BLM protests started, there was a lot of the media putting "Karens" as racist... It took on a life of its own."
Karen was joined by 2 other Karens who supported her movement...
via: Twitter"We can't, as Karens, talk about how this is affecting us because we are told we are entitled if we do this. So, I set up the change.org just to show that, actually, this is not fair for us to have to put up with this."
Well, as you could imagine...People were very perplexed by the Karens' appearances on the interview, and completely and utterly bemused by the petition.
And others found the whole thing to be hilariously ironic.
@thismorning Does anyone find it ironic that Karen's are complaining about being called Karen?— Karen Rudd (@Karen Rudd)1596450783.0