Other names have become so entangled in pop culture that they’ve taken on a new meaning: Who can think of anyone but the Kardashians when they hear “Kim”? Karen is a slang term for a white woman who acts entitled to certain privileges or special treatment and gets angered easily. Are you the type of gal who demands to speak to the manager when you feel you’ve been wronged? “Karen” has become social-media shorthand meaning a middle-aged white woman — potentially with an asymmetric haircut a la Kate Gosselin, circa 2009 — who makes a … “After it gained popularity I found myself making jokes about it” — but he might not be far off from the gag. “I use Beyoncé’s ‘Becky with the good hair’ as my podcast tagline to break the ice,” she says. ?”, Real-life Aarons apparently have to endure the intentional botch all the time. Whether you say “soda,” “pop” or “Coke” for a carbonated beverage can indicate where in the United States you likely grew up. “I was so aware of how my name works against me, I think it helped me to land my girlfriend,” adds Stark, who calls the memes “funny.”. The origins of “Karen” are oft-debated; some point to Dane Cook’s 2005 bit about the lamest gal in a group of friends being named Karen, while others point to the “Mean Girls” character played by Amanda Seyfried who is admonished for asking pal Cady (Lindsay Lohan) how she can “be from Africa if she’s white.” Some view it as a righteous motivator for the creation of Black Twitter. 52,421, This story has been shared 28,991 times. Think of the group of people you've known the longest in your life. Every day it seems there is an offensive new story of a white person captured on film. Here's why. These hyper-masculine, sexually active dudes have chiseled jaws and bulging muscles. Just unreal at Allen, TX location. “Bye, Felicia,” says an unimpressed Cube. They’ve also been berating post office staff and police in recent days, but there are plenty of other so-called Karen incidents we’ve witnessed this year. Unlike the racist Karens, the name itself doesn’t discriminate. Another particularly touchy Karen moment: when “San Francisco Karen” Lisa Alexander called the cops on her neighbor for stenciling “Black Lives Matter” — on his own property. And almost every day someone, somewhere is being filmed during presumptuous, privileged encounters. This is how the use and understandings of words change and shift over time. 153,457, This story has been shared 52,421 times. https://nypost.com/article/what-is-a-karen-meme-name-meaning-explained At first glance, a generic name becoming infused with so much meaning seems patently absurd. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Robin Queen, Professor of Linguistics, English Language and Literatures and Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan. In fact, the subtly sexist “Karen” reference has spawned Twitter accounts and Reddit forums for several years. This story has been shared 153,457 times. Karen is a slang term for a white woman who acts entitled to certain privileges or special treatment and gets angered easily. Sign up, Join the conversation, you are commenting as Logout. Set of woman's hands using smartphone with blank screen, isolated on white background, panorama. A common stereotype is that of a white woman who uses her privilege to demand her own way at the expense of others. Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash. But Karen sightings have increased over the past several months as … Some days it is a woman making a hysterical and unfounded accusation against a Black man. But then there’s the Reddit origins from 2017 when a user created the viral screen name “f***_you_Karen” about his ex-wife who got custody of their children and took the house in their divorce. But Karens represent other forms of entitlement as well. Others argue black women can be Karens, and even Asian people too. There’s the intersection of entitled behavior, racism and demographics. Although Cooper apologized for her reaction and claimed she isn’t racist, her actions put a spotlight on how Black men’s lives can be put at risk by unprovoked encounters with police. Or how about the dude (there’s no male version of the insult yet) who raged on behalf of his Karen-y wife when restaurants reopened? If the campaign season is any indication, misinformation is likely to fill social media feeds Tuesday. Do you actually know who it’s describing? The New York mom who freaked out at the dancer-come-TikTokker strutting her stuff on Freedom Lake in a string bikini. Karen is a pejorative term used in the United States and other English-speaking countries for a woman perceived as entitled or demanding beyond the scope of what is appropriate or necessary.