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Ten Ways to Spot a Karen

It could be your mom or your wife; to be one is to know one.

Brian Young's picture
Jun 30, 2020

Across the country in this dismal era of Trump, Karens have been ravaging the nation. Everything from unjustly calling the police on black men, harassing non-Karens who try to food shop, or throwing hissy fits when the store she is patronizing tells her she needs to wear a mask; these are just some of the disgusting behaviors that these entitled white women exhibit. The phrase, which was popularized in 2014 comes from this clip in the 2004 film Mean Girls. In the six years since it seems like a new Karen is born and Karen spotting goes viral every week. Since they became such a threat to our community, here is a quick field guide to recognizing a Karen in the wild with a few helpful hints on how not to become one. Happy Karen watching everyone!

1. Karens are always white.

While they might claim to have a black friend, that person usually works for them. They almost exclusively hang out with other Karens who encourage their bad behavior. They can often be found with their friends, BBQ Becky, Permit Patty, and Cornerstone Caroline.

2. Karens are middle-aged, usually between the ages of 35 and 55.

They also usually have kids, which they hide behind and use as an excuse to act out. Pictured above is Kroger Karen who used her kid to block Shaneeka Montgomery-Strickland from leaving the parking lot after Kroger Karen became irrationally irate when Montgomery-Strickland's child stepped on a shelf to grab a Gatorade in Kroger's.

3. Karens always want to speak to a manager because of their white privilege


Since Karens know they usually aren't right, they always demand to speak to a manager. Being forced to deal with a simple commoner is beneath her. This is because they often come from middle to upper-class white families and were raised to believe that they are better than everyone else simply because they are white and have money. Sure there are "poor" Karens who shop at places like Walmart, but because they are white they still think they are better than everyone else.

4. Karens Love Public Displays of Annoyance

The drug of choice for a Karen is PDA: Public Displays of Annoyance. Karens don’t know how to not make a scene. They thrive off of the attention they get when they flip out and the whole store stares. Social media has made these Karens even worse as they strive to go viral by demanding to speak to a manager or enforcing some unknown law. They have grown up being told that the ultimate victim in life is a privileged white woman and they get high off of letting everyone know just how victimized they are. They also love to lie.

Above is a young Karen flipping out because she is being required to wear a mask at the supermarket.


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5. Karens come in all shapes and sizes

Some are the person who was the Queen B in high school, while others are more plastic than human. Others have just let themselves go. The unifying factor is that Karens aren't comfortable in their own bodies and take that anger out on unsuspecting people.

However, Karens do attract one specific type of man, the Trumper. Like a moth to light single MAGAT heads seem drawn to these women. Maybe it is because they are a Ken, but a Karen is almost always married to a MAGA hat wearer.

6. Karens are Badge Bunny Bootlickers.

After yelling a little, a Karens move is always to call the police and make up a story to get their knight in shining armor to the scene.  They love to be the aggressor and then claim that a black man is threatening them and putting their life at risk.

They also tend to be registered Republicans, conservative, pro-life, and the judgy, annoying church lady types. They are never the one to volunteer for a church event because it is the right thing to do, rather they are looking for praise or are looking to make someone feel bad. They also love to run PTAs where they can boss around their minions at the kids' bake sale.

7. Karens are Either Overeducated or Undereducated


Karens usually fit into two groups, either super well educated or super uneducated. They believe that they know every law and code. Somehow, Karens all claim to know everything there is about medicine, health, and the law. One thing that both groups have in common is that they always think they know better than everyone. These are the women who are yelling at nurses, are anti-vaxxers, or the women who tell you that essential oils will cure everything. They get all of their news from places like Fox, OAN, or Goop and think that these are real news agencies.  

8. The Outdated Karen Hairstyle

You can see a Karen from a mile away thanks to their outdated haircut. You know the look, someone who has had their hair colored blond one too many times and still thinks the Kate Gosselin bob is cool.

9. The Epitome of White Privilege

Karens are the epitome of white privilege. They like to shop at Whole Foods or Trader Joes, go to the country club on the weekends, and talk about the wine that they got delivered from halfway around the world. This sense of privilege gives them the feeling that they can treat people “lower than them” any way they want. They have no problem dropping an N bomb.

10. Karens are Sexually Repressed

So where does all of this anger come from? Most likely from the fact that Karens are sexually repressed. They are so vile that their husbands don't want them. That is if they haven't driven their Trump-loving husband away with their insane acts.

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