What Is a Karen, and What Do We Do With Her?

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She stomps down the store aisle, her rhinestone-emblazoned top glinting in the fluorescent lighting. Her nostrils flare with the fury of 1,000 dragons as her eyes narrow, but not a hair is out of place in her highlighted helmet of an A-line bob. A heady aroma of white privilege and drugstore perfume permeates the air. Suddenly you hear it — a rhythmic cascade of acrylic nails drumming the counter beyond your register. Her name is Karen, and she's here to speak with your manager.

The infamous "Karen" has actually become a popular internet and real-life villain, blowing up (literally) even more during the COVID-19 pandemic. But what exactly is a Karen, where did all these Karens come from and what do we do with them? We’ve got the answers. Here’s the story behind the internet’s loud, rude and self-centered enemy, Karen.