The Brief: The 'Karen' stereotype illustrates an entitled, middle-class white woman whose signature line is "I'd like to speak to the manager."

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According to the stereotype, a ‘Karen’ is a suburban middle-class white soccer mom who has a penchant for complaining to and about people in the service industry. She is likely an anti-vaxxer with at least one piece of “Live Laugh Love” decor and may have called the cops on her neighbors at least once. True Karens have haircuts to match their personalities โ€“ an elaborate ‘do rocked by Kate Gosselin and often referred to as the “speak to the manager” haircut.

This insult is usually used as a joke but is also rooted in deeper criticisms of the behaviors of white women who use their privilege and power to do harm to members of marginalized groups.

Memes on this topic range from jokes about haircuts to references to the Karen took the kids meme to the concept of Gen X being “the Karen Generation” to discourse on whether or not the term is a slur.

A classic
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Ultra Karen
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Karen wants to speak to the manager.
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Karen and the crew
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https://twitter.com/pheromones/status/1170728751497457665

https://twitter.com/CounsellingKaz/status/1247108277110026243