The Brief: "Target Jennifer" is the name given to a woman who uses a wheelchair who was recorded stabbing people outside of a Target in Minneapolis before she was sprayed with a fire extinguisher.
Target Jennifer is the nickname given to a woman at the center of a viral internet moment. She was involved in altercations outside a Target during protests and lootings in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd. Conflicting reports and a lack of official information make it unclear who exactly this woman was and what role she played in stabbing people outside of a Target before she herself was attacked.
Apparently Jennifer blocked the door so people wouldn’t loot 😩😩 pic.twitter.com/sfVV25fgsO
— Kaecia Williams (@PoeticKaee) May 28, 2020
What is clear is that Target Jennifer was a hot topic on social media after videos were posted in which she is seen brandishing a knife before she was sprayed with a fire extinguisher and hit by several people. While this woman was seen using a wheelchair and many people assumed she was elderly, rumors circulated online that she was only 30-years-old, and that she was “faking” a disability. Footage of her getting out of her wheelchair and walking was posted online, but it should be noted that many people who use wheelchairs use them part-time.
It’s absolutely chilling how this white woman Jennifer can put on such a compelling show of victimhood to get sympathy when moments earlier she was stabbing a bunch of black people at Target and even lunging out of her wheelchair. This is Karen’s violence. pic.twitter.com/Kip1drSPRu
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) May 28, 2020
Some tweets, including those posted by conservative reporter Andy Ngô stated that the woman was attacked after peacefully trying to stop looting, but other posts, including ones where people shouting “she’s got a knife” indicate that she was acting violently. The fact that she, a white woman, appeared to be attacking mostly black people was widely cited as evidence that her violence was racially motivated.
Hashtags including #Shes30, #SHECANWALK, and #Jennifer started trending on Twitter after these videos went viral. In the midst of these hotly contested videos, many memes popped up, many of which made fun of Target Jennifer for her actions.
WHO IS SHE? She's 30, She got a knife and she can walk! pic.twitter.com/QUIejX059r
— +Jax (@Jax_Collie) May 28, 2020
— fiona (@shreddedcheesey) May 28, 2020
Character actress Kathy Bates set to portray Jennifer aka Wheelchair Woman in Ryan Murphy's upcoming series American Target Story pic.twitter.com/CGx5dw1ZlO
— groove pawn (@orchidhued) May 28, 2020
— Farris 💫 (@dollartreesteak) May 28, 2020
This how y’all had them Popeyes employees frying up them chicken sammiches in the back….I ain’t forget. pic.twitter.com/XSFKLt0tcr
— K. (@kierajanae__) May 28, 2020
I’m going to hell but like- she’s 30 and looks like she’s wearing the mask iheidgeirbrbejdbeir pic.twitter.com/uv9sqzHUHf
— A cursed cheeto crumb (@MarshyMitsuki) May 28, 2020
im literally on the floor in tears djdksks pic.twitter.com/zyaKNGi7g8
— jennifer is that enough?? (@yikessjaskh) May 28, 2020
— melv🦋 (@manisego) May 28, 2020