Despite health experts repeatedly reminding people that wearing a mask is one of the top ways to prevent both spreading and contracting the coronavirus, many Americans have been resolute in their wholesale rejection of the face coverings that are mandatory in many places. In many cases, “Karens” — white women exerting their perceived privileges despite being very much in the wrong — have been leading the pack on that front.
That seemed to be the case at a Target store in Scottsdale, Arizona, where an unidentified Karen (who may very well have been suffering from a mental illness manic episode) decided to document her disdain for face coverings by filming herself live on Instagram by violently destroying an innocent display of masks. She, like many other Karens, decided to take matters into her own hands, only this time it was quite literal.
The unidentified white woman who never showed herself on film trained her camera on the display of face coverings, starting the video by saying ominously, “finally, we meet the end of the road.”
She continued: “I’ve been looking forward to this shit all my fucking life,” she said zooming in on the face masks before declaring to “Target, I’m not playing any more games!”
And with that, Karen began violently knocking and pulling off the masks from their racks and throwing them all over the floor. The more violently she swipes, the louder and more aggressive her voice can be heard getting.
Cursing up a storm, Karen doesn’t finish until there is not a single face mask left on any of the racks that were hanging on the store’s display over the course of the nearly one-minute-long video.
When two store associates approached Karen to find out what the problem was, she defended throwing the masks on the floor and asked why she couldn’t do it. “Because I’m a blonde white woman?” she asked before bringing attention to her “40,000 fucking Rolex.”
Watch the madness unfold below.
The video ended there before another began after she ended up in police custody.
With her camera filming a police officer (who was wearing a mask), Karen says spewing some unintelligible political mumbo jumbo in an effort to defend her illegal actions. As the lead officer’s questions are met with answers cloaked in references to government conspiracy theories, he finally says, “OK, I think we have enough here.”
He then asks Karen to put down her phone but instead, she taunts him and says he’s being recorded on Instagram. “Say cheese,” Karen said.
That’s when all three of the responding officers moved in to handcuff and arrest Karen in an effort to keep her from doing any more harm, including to herself. Interestingly enough, the lead officer can be heard apologizing to Karen as he arrests her, saying “I’m sorry,” pointing to Karen’s privileges enjoyed even while under arrest.
This Karen video was just the latest in a long line of increasing installments that underscore the sense of entitlement many white women wield on a daily basis in various scenarios. From pretending to be attacked by a nonviolent Black bird watcher to crying about how long the wait in a McDonald’s drive-thru was to pulling a gun on a Black family over an argument at Chipotle to now this woman destroying a display of face masks in Target, Karens have emerged as yet another unfortunate theme in this unfortunate year.
'Karens' Gone Wild: Videos Show Privileged White Women Can't Stop Trying To Police Black People
1. Mailbox Karen
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I wish a Karen would roll up and call herself taking a package from my house because she suspects “something is going on in there.”— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) July 7, 2021
What is wrong with these white women? pic.twitter.com/ROX3zLPcTY
2. Karen goes shopping at Ross
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This happened at a Ross Dress for Less…— Michael Harriot (@michaelharriot) June 13, 2021
Told you. pic.twitter.com/FkSLsgxPUc
3. Karen Defaces Monument To Only Black Member Of Lewis And Clark Expedition3 of 31
4. Judith Ann Black, racist Burger King Whopper KarenSource:Sumter County Sheriff’s Office 4 of 31
5. Stephanie Denaro, AKA "Bagel Karen"
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RACIST Anti-Masker Karen Calls Black Bakery worker B**** Ass N-word for denying service. pic.twitter.com/nRsF95RFmK— Karen (@crazykarens) March 24, 2021
6. Courtside Karen
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PRAY FOR LEBRON pic.twitter.com/Z8oAhl2kqf— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 2, 2021
7. Arlo SoHo Karen
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Wow! This woman made baseless claims against @keyonharrold and his 14yo son at @arlohotels Arlo SoHo — then assaulted them, scratching Keyon & tackling his boy. Worse, the hotel manager defended & empowered her actions, and refused to apologize after her claims were proven wrong! pic.twitter.com/LqHboiAEd6— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) December 27, 2020
8. Trader Joe's 'Karen'
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This is a Trader Joe’s today. In Los Angeles. Cases are through the roof in California. Is there any way to reach these people?— Read Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (@JoshuaPotash) June 27, 2020
9. 'Karen' the angry neighbor
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hey guys!! this is my new neighbor!! pic.twitter.com/yZxsQD1daS— bailey (@bailey3jenkins) June 27, 2020
10. ‘Karen’ Pulls Gun On Black Woman And Daughter After Chipotle Argument10 of 31
11. Nurse ‘Karen’ Fired
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Caron Jones — that’s Caron with a “K” as in “Karen” 👩🏼⚕️ — also called the Black Lives Matter movement a "ploy" for Black votes before the North Carolina nurse got fired for her racist social media posts.https://t.co/WQn68gNToF— NewsOne (@newsone) July 1, 2020
12. St. Louis 'Karen'12 of 31
13. ‘Karen’s Husband’ Investigated After Calling Cops On Black Men
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14. Convenience Store ‘Karen’
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It was the I’m the wrong nigga for me 😭 pic.twitter.com/2Rv33NNn2k— HEAVYY ON IT 🗣💕 (@HeavyyCampp) June 25, 2020
15. Nurse ‘Karen’ Loses Her Job For ‘Black Privilege’ Video15 of 31
16. Seattle ‘Karen’ Has A Total Meltdown After Black Driver Records Her ‘White Tears’
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"I HAVE A BLACK HUSBAND!"— NewsOne (@newsone) June 23, 2020
A "Karen" in Seattle identified as Leah completely lost it when Karlos Dillard, a Black man, confronted and recorded her after he says he was the victim of her racist road rage.
The video has gone viral as Karening gets worse.https://t.co/X5ryYpQlhF
17. Officer ‘Karen’ Is Slammed For Crying White Tears Over McDonald’s Wait17 of 31
18. Kroger ‘Karen’ Blocks Black Mother From Pulling Out Of Parking Lot Over ‘Gatorade’18 of 31
19. San Francisco ‘Karen’ Who Called Cops Over ‘BLM’ Art
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A white couple call the police on me, a person of color, for stencilling a #BLM chalk message on my own front retaining wall. “Karen” lies and says she knows that I don’t live in my own house, because she knows the person who lives here. #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/rOpHvKVwgP— James Juanillo (@jaimetoons) June 12, 2020
20. Karen the "Shorewood Spitter"20 of 31
21. Karen's husband
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22. Karen's other husband22 of 31
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Racism rots your brain pic.twitter.com/OuzPmyRN6d— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) May 17, 2020
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On the next episode of “are white people ok? 👀”.... meet Red Lobster Karen 🦞 pic.twitter.com/ElgRipPyrU— Lives in a Police State. ✊🏽🦺🌈 (@angel_felixv) May 13, 2020
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I can’t believe this is real. This lady went out to video shame everyone who dared to have fun in the sun at the beach and then she yelled at a Trader Joe’s worker over social distancing.— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 18, 2020
Karen needs to just stay home and leave the rest of us alone... 🙄🤦🏻♂️https://t.co/QUeZkRSudW
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K*ren: "Arrest me"— Scottie PIPM (@scottiepipm) April 23, 2020
K*ren: 😲 pic.twitter.com/5NJnPsSj8k
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I’m baffled. Just saw this on the news. Woman who drove 1.5 hours to go to the beach with her family complains about other people at the beach who have done the same as her. Does she not see she’s part of the problem #StayAtHomeSaveLives #COVIDIDIOTS pic.twitter.com/iowllyZEk2— Colm McAfee (@mcafee77) May 17, 2020
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