Life can be tough if you’re named Karen—the internet now associates this name with some women who are entitled and want to speak to everyone’s managers. Keep in mind that the term 'Karen' isn't meant to insult all women; it's used to poke fun at super-entitled problematic people. The Karen meme is the female equivalent of the Kyle meme and you can check out our post about the times that the internet destroyed fragile masculinity right here. Now, we know that most women named Karen out there are probably awesome people in real life, but the name has become a part of internet and meme culture.

The ‘Eff You Karen’ subreddit is one of the places that is dedicated to “the hatred of Karen” as they put it. We’re not fans of hating other people, you can’t deny that this online community makes some hilarious Karen content. We’ve collected some of the best Karen memes, so scroll down, upvote your faves, and check out the ‘Eff You Karen’ subreddit when you have the chance.

Bored Panda reached out to Matt Schimkowitz, Know Your Meme's Senior Editor, and spoke with him about Karen memes, and how some people find them offensive and insensitive to women. "As [the meme] grows from a parody of a common social experience of someone demanding to speak to a manager to a statement about white privilege, the stakes over the meaning of the meme grow as well. So I think that users of the meme should be cognizant that what they're meme-ing might not be their intent anymore. It's very possible that the meme could grow even farther to exhibit misogynistic tendencies, which are somewhat already present." Scroll down for the rest of our interview with Matt.

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2 months ago

I want to upvote this waaaay more than once

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Xavier Wescott
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I'd buy coffee from there!

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2 months ago

Well, time to talk to the manager.

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Some people have even stated that Karen memes allegedly promote so-called 'incel culture.' However, Know Your Meme's Senior Editor Matt doesn't believe that this is the case. "I don't think statements about white privilege necessarily align with most of that philosophy. I could see those with sexist beliefs using Karen as a catchall for all women, which is where things get really ugly and suddenly 'Karen,' a meme we all enjoyed and used with abandon is connected to something many would find offensive," he said.

Matt pointed out that most meme humor has a certain level of maliciousness to it. It's an inbuilt 'feature' of memes, in other words. "Meme-ing can be nihilistic artform and rewards really ugly behavior in some cases. Sometimes, what starts as a fairly inoffensive meme can grow into something really hateful, like Pepe the Frog. I could see that happening to Karen—though, I'm not really sold one way or the other on the debate."

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Ben Smith
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There’s no finer feeling!

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2 months ago

This is an old one, but I love it every time

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2 months ago

This one is great.

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He continued: "Personally, because I'm kind of iffy on the intent of the meme and where it's going, I probably wouldn't call someone a Karen or use the Karen meme, judging the trajectory of its meaning. The meme's meaning will change depending on who is meme-ing it and what their intent is, and that could alter how we all view Karen. As I tell most people, you should always meme with caution. These images, nicknames and jokes frequently have unknown origins and could be connected to some really hateful areas of the internet."

Matt said that it's been hard to pin down the exact origin of the Karen meme. However, he personally thinks that the most convincing origin story is Dane Cook's 2005 comedy special bit "The Friend That Nobody Likes" which names Karen as the friend no one likes. "This is one of the earliest examples that we have to using a specific name to stand in for a whole type of person, and it's a comedic trope that we've seen dozens of times over the last 15 years," Matt stated his position.

“Every group has a Karen and she is always a bag of douche," Cook said during his stand-up routine. “And when she's not around, you just look at each other and say, 'God, Karen, she's such a douchebag!'”

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I’ve given myself insulin shots in public and have never had anyone say anything. My stereotype of white women is that they wouldn’t notice and if they did, their first impulse would be to, if anything, help and comfort me.

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Rose the Cook
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2 months ago

Learn to count before you complain.

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Ben Smith
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2 months ago

That’s some horrible grammar.

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One alternative theory is that it all started with the hit 2004 movie Mean Girls (I still rewatch it every year) which had the ditzy and insensitive character, Karen Smith. This sparked the ‘Oh My God, Karen, You Can’t Just Ask Someone Why They're White’ meme and things snowballed from there.

Another theory about the so-called rise of Karen states that things got started with the character Karen from 1989’s Goodfellas.

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2 months ago

1st place in the costume contest!

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I zzi
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2 months ago

Best Karen ever...seems like she can educate the herds

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2 months ago

The problem is not considering equations as a foreign language. The problem is considering a foreign language to be something bad.

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ZombieGirl
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2 months ago

Yes, very true! One restaurant I worked at...the managers would schedule you on Sunday as a punishment, lol. Like if you were late too many times, they wouldn't fire you, they would schedule you double shifts on Sundays for like a month or so. Sunday crowds are the worst

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2 months ago

That chart is handy!

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MsM
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2 months ago (edited)

My boss did something similar to this. It made me lose the ounce of respect I had left for her...

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I zzi
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2 months ago

Oh how the every person in the world wishes they were a oppressed, marginalised group....do they think it's cool?

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2 months ago

You have to judge each dog individually. However, there may be good reasons for dog weight limits. Just another reason to have cats instead.

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2 months ago

I can't even...

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Freya the Wanderer
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2 months ago

A lot of "pro-lifers" are consummate hypocrites. They mightily protect embryos and fetuses, but don't give a rat's butt about children who have been born.

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karens find every way possible to be mean to others and make a big deal out of their small mistakes but dont care when they or their kids do some thing ten times as bad

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Ami Temi
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2 months ago

OMG! I feel like desinfecting the whole house with bleach after reading so much hatred. I can't even find the right words to describe how this makes me feel. I really hope Karma will teach her a lesson!

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2 months ago (edited)

I’m so tired of hearing, “You just need to stop buying avocado toast and lattes, and then you can afford a house.”

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2 months ago

This made me lose it!

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2 months ago

Would that manager be Satan then? :D

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2 months ago

Crawling on their nipples to church only to turn into absolute hypocrites!

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Ami Temi
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2 months ago

Good reaction! The nerve this talentless, useless idiot has! That whole family is just too much...

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Iapetos
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2 months ago

They are doing nothing offensive here.

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2 months ago

Slave to whom?

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MsM
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2 months ago

That face! I can't stop laughing!

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2 months ago

That looks like an ostrich snake hybrid

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2 months ago

I hate that people Christmas shop on Thanksgiving. People didn't use to shop on Thanksgiving because the stores weren't open.... but chain owners are greedy.

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2 months ago

It's a great cartoon. Would be so much better without the massive sexism (and no, I'm not talking about Karen here).

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The irony was certainly lost on her but when our political elite do the same what can you say !!!

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2 months ago

Felicia would like Karen to sit down.

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2 months ago

Dang, that fetus is hardcore! XD

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2 months ago

You ever know people are stupid just by looking at them...?

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2 months ago

Wtf??

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2 months ago

This might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read.

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2 months ago

I hope she got stuck with it all....

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2 months ago

Heave, Puke, Barf

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