Shocking footage went viral over the weekend showing a white woman - or a "Karen," as the internet has dubbed her, going on a racist rant inside a gas station, before being slapped in the face.
Now, the woman who slapped her has spoken out
Keep scrolling to watch the video that sparked it all and to see how the woman has responded...
It's 2020, and racism is sadly still rife across our country.
via: GettyFor centuries now, people of color have been hatefully discriminated against, and shockingly, it is still happening today.
Admittedly, we have come a long way in the fight against this prejudice...
via: GettyMore people than ever before are fighting for quality for all races and ethnicities... But that doesn't mean that racism still isn't happening.
The most recent example of blatant racism has come from none other than a Phoneix gas station.
via: GettyOver the weekend, footage emerged of a white woman going on a racist rant in the middle of the gas station, before getting slapped.
The shocking video has spread like wildfire on Twitter...
@balleralert I don’t know why Karen’s are losing it. Karen got her face smacked and went on about her day. Like tha… https://t.co/m43QKd3vgA— Iloveme (@Iloveme)1591552169.0
And, as the footage gained viral fame...
@balleralert Karen of the week!— Minding Mine🌍 (@Minding Mine🌍)1591562040.0
Now, what exactly is a Karen?
Well, the ever-so-accurate Urban Dictionary describes a Karen as a "mother of three. Blonde. Owns a Volvo. Annoying as hell. Wears acrylics 24/7. Currently at your workplace speaking to your manager."
But, for a little more generic description...
The Karen system https://t.co/md5nXQR2QV— its a me, barry bongss! (@its a me, barry bongss!)1590330081.0
Many people have now been identified as a "Karen"...
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
Things have truly gotten out of hand with the Karen meme...
@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
But, in this instance, there is nothing to laugh about.
via: TwitterThe video, which was initially posted to Facebook, sparked outrage online after the woman can be seen going on a disgusting racist rant in the middle of a Phoenix gas station. Keep scrolling for the full clip...
But this time...
via: TwitterShe didn't walk away clean as many of these people often do - she got a slap in the face - and the internet is thrilled about it.
The incident occurred in Arizona on Saturday.
via: TwitterAnd it kicked off when a middle-aged white woman stormed inside a gas station demanding to be helped after her pump outside was apparently not working.
Soon enough, an argument ensued between her and a younger woman who was getting served at the time.
via: TwitterBut things quickly escalated.
The man recording the clip claims that he heard the woman tell the younger lady to "go back to her country."
via: TwitterBefore telling the clerk behind the register not to serve her.
Things become more and more heated before the 2 women end up in a face to face confrontation.
via: TwitterAs the women shout at each other, the "Karen" can be seen pushing the woman.
This, of course, led to the woman defending herself...
via: TwitterAnd she can be seen slapping the "Karen" across her face.
As the clip surfaced on social media, people were outraged over "Karen's" blatant racist behavior.
@balleralert “Go back to Mexico” I wonder who she’ll be voting for in November.— JOverrated (@JOverrated)1591593280.0
Some think that one slap wasn't enough...
@balleralert @balleralert can you put the slap on repeat pleAse... I need to see that over and over— REEE (@REEE)1591551810.0
Reactions have been strong, to say the least.
@balleralert The slap could have been harder in my opinion.😔— Fumz “Openly Black” E (@Fumz “Openly Black” E)1591568106.0
Amid the backlash, her husband spoke out.
via: FOX10Bob Harrian appealed directly to Karina Rodriguez - the woman who slapped his wife, Tamara, during the gas station incident - during an interview with FOX10.
He offered a tearful apology for his wife's actions.
via: FOX10"I'm just so sorry that this happened. You never walked into that store thinking something like this was going to happen. I understand, and I'm sorry. I'm sorry for what she said."
He then went on to say mental illness is the reason why his wife behaved the way she did.
via: FOX10"I just have to tell you this - it's her mental illness. A year ago she would never have done, never have even thought of that."
He claims his wife's actions are the result of a break-in at their home last year...
via: FOX10And says she's developed paranoia and signs of fabrication - and hopes that the video will urge her to seek help.
But people on Twitter were not buying it.
@TMZ Type 2 bipolar and I’ve never told someone to go back to their country— starling (@starling)1591713102.0
Many also raised this point.Why wasn't his wife making the apology?
And now, the woman who slapped the "Karen" has broken her silence.
via: TwitterKarina Rodriguez spoke to TMZ about the shocking incident that was caught on camera.
She revealed that she considered calling the police.
I’m ok 🙏🏼 https://t.co/pESVgXJ9Ol— Karina Rodriguez (@Karina Rodriguez)1591635734.0
She also revealed that she was hesitant to go public after finding out the woman had a lawyer husband.
@karina2020rod I don’t think you understand how significant this is. You are brave beyond measure. You made your ma… https://t.co/sydtClD6Je— Revelation 3:16 (@Revelation 3:16)1591605810.0
The fact that the video of the incident - shot by Greg Conn - went viral gave Karina the confidence to speak out.
@karina2020rod Hi...Lots of love and respect all the way from Tijuana, Mexico! Every time I watch the video I feel… https://t.co/1LrVNNLeSa— Marco Oropeza (@Marco Oropeza)1591760170.0
You can watch the full clip that sparked it all here:
#Phoenix #Arizona - Shell gas station 7th and Greenway #racism #racist https://t.co/FCCgKptbAK— BallerAlert (@BallerAlert)1591551403.0