The Karen phenomenon has been a huge part of the internet in the past few years. For those somehow not aware of the trend, Urban Dictionary defines "Karen" as:
"A middle aged woman, typically blonde, makes solutions to others' problems an inconvenience to her although she isn't even remotely affected. Karen sues the local city council after they installed a new STOP sign that hides the sun from her window for two minutes a day. The sign was installed after a schoolboy on his bicycle was hit by a speeding driver and died.
Karen refuses to wear a face mask for her 5 minute trip to the supermarket during a pandemic. She harasses the workers, asks to see the manager, and threatens to sue.
Karen complains that her favorite parking spot was replaced by a ramp for wheelchairs. She parks her car in the old spot anyway and shoots a vlog about it."
Over the years, we've seen some absolute peak Karens online. Who could forget Central Park Karen, who called the police after a bystander asked her to keep her dog on a leash?
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. pic.twitter.com/3YnzuATsDm
— Melody Cooper (@melodyMcooper) May 25, 2020
Or how about Patricia McCloskey, who went viral after she and her husband pulled guns on Black Lives Matter protestors who happened to be walking past their home?
But the latest Karen to go viral might just be the most offensive yet.
This week, a woman dubbed the "Victoria's Secret Karen" has been shared on YouTube after a truly odd encounter. She broke down in tears and pretended to pass out while being recorded by another woman in the infamous lingerie store. The Karen then bizarrely claimed the other woman had tried to hit her.
The exchange took place in Millburn, New Jersey, with the lady who recorded it (Ijeoma Ukenta) saying the reason she pulled out the camera was she thought she was about to be physically attacked, as per TMZ. She says as soon as the camera starts rolling, the Karen went from attacking to full-blown victimhood.
Police eventually showed up, where the woman claimed her rapid change in behavior was due to the fact she was concerned about the footage going viral online and her facing real-life repercussions, such as losing her job. In the end, neither women was arrested, although Ukenta says she plans to file a complaint against the officers for not taking her side.
Since the clip, Ukenta has received a lot of support online, with one commenter writing, "A racist mental breakdown!! Lady get up off that dirty floor! You are doing the ABSOLUTE MOST. These people are so dramatic! I bet she was right at that Capitol trying to climb up the wall and fell! Just stop and get out of Victoria's Secret with that insurrectionist behavior. Where is security???"
What do you make of the controversial clip?