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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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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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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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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Tina Hugh
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1 month ago

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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1 month ago

Learn to count before you complain.

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Ben Smith
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1 month 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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Freya the Wanderer
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1 month ago

1st place in the costume contest!

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I zzi
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1 month ago

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

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Hans
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1 month 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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1 month 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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Hans
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1 month ago

That chart is handy!

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MsM
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1 month 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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1 month 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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Freya the Wanderer
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1 month 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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1 month ago

I can't even...

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Freya the Wanderer
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1 month 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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1 month ago

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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1 month 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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1 month 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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MsM
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1 month ago

This made me lose it!

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1 month ago

Would that manager be Satan then? :D

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1 month ago

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

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Ami Temi
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1 month 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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1 month ago

They are doing nothing offensive here.

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1 month ago

Slave to whom?

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MsM
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1 month ago

That face! I can't stop laughing!

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Ben Smith
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1 month ago

That looks like an ostrich snake hybrid

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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

Felicia would like Karen to sit down.

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1 month ago

Dang, that fetus is hardcore! XD

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1 month ago

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

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Two Silly Pups
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1 month ago

Wtf??

chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

This looks like the insignia of a US Navy Petty Officer Second Class. I guess it's a joke being petty and second class.

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Nomadus Aureus
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1 month ago (edited)

As a captain who has worked her ass off for her rank, I can guarantee you, I won't. God, I hate women like these! And it's *always* women. (I would however love to meet one in person. Usually it's the wives of the lower ranks that have their knickers in a twist...)

MsM
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1 month ago (edited)

Yes! You nailed it!

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deanna woods
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1 month ago

My mom's a military wife and never acts entitled about anything. I guess she appreciates my dad more for being her husband than for his military rank.

MsM
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1 month ago

Same with my mother. This one really pressed my buttons!

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Mimi777
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1 month ago

I worked in retail for many years. I can’t tell you the amount of times a Karen came in asking for a military discount because her husband served and then had an attitude when I told her no. It’s specifically for the person who actually served. Unless her husband was with her and was paying.

M DR
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1 month ago

I had one woman park in a handicap spot because her husband, who was not with her, had a purple heart. She wasn't using the vehicle that had the purple heart plate (or any tags), either, which is why she was asked to move.

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Hans
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1 month ago

Why would you address anyone by rank in a private conversation?

John Montgomery
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1 month ago

Maybe if one was in a Star Trek fan club or similar fandom based group. Even then it wouldn't happen often.

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I zzi
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1 month ago

Like she did the training😂

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
1 month ago

Um... your husband earned that rank. You did not. So, no, I really won't. But I might call you something else...

Pranav
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1 month ago

Let's call her 'BLOODY ASS KAREN' (in screams)

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TheHerplover
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1 month ago

No problem. Hello sir I am sorry about your wife

Leo Domitrix
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1 month ago

You awnt to be addressed by a rank, ENLIST. Otherwise, sit down, shut up, and stop acting like being a military wife makes you more special than anyone on earth. .... Child of TWO veterans, thanks. (Mom and Dad both!)

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Well Karen, I’m glad you and your husband realize you’re both really rank. The rest of us have known it all along.

Andrew P Jump
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh dear Lord, if I hear one more person say their husband is a chief...

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

... "Excuse me, my husband is a MAJOR!" was what I heard last week. I was so tempted to say, "And you're a civilian. Be civil."

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Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

The fuck I will, rank's are EARNED!

Tracey Hirt
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1 month ago

Not a problem. “How can I help you, Mrs. White Privileged Male?”

Bobbie Wilson
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1 month ago

how do you know they are white or are you just being a stereotyper

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SoozeeQ
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1 month ago

Ha ha! This reminds of an old joke I read, a very long time ago in “Humour in Uniform” in the Reader’s Digest. (It was a column that ran for several decades about funny instances that happened in the military, in true life). A new General had just moved to the base and his wife (who was writing the article) was walking their dog around the base. She was really chuffed when two enlisted men saluted her. Only to be deflated, when she overhead them say as they passed, “Who was that”? I don’t know, but that was the General’s dog!”

Kayla Engle Lewis
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1 month ago

I remember that column!

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Hugh Crawford
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1 month ago

Whipped is a rank?

Xavier Wescott
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1 month ago

no, I don't think I will

TheGr81sComing
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1 month ago

um no he worked for it with his life u did nothing

meh
Community Member
1 month ago

The husband needs to be fired...for marrying this self entitled idiot!

Jeannie Carle
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1 month ago

Did not when I was Active Duty - would not NOW - or ever!

Adrienne Kushner
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1 month ago

General Nuisance?

Grace Skerp
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1 month ago

Major Pain

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Denise Ghilino
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1 month ago

Uh, no I freaking won't, you poser!!!!

Frankenfrog
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1 month ago

Or in other words "I have no identity of my own and not a single independent thought between my ears"

savannah burrows
Community Member
1 month ago

*salutes* YES MASTER DEPENDA!

Katie and Jared Coates
Community Member
1 month ago

Jeeeez an officers wife My dad was in the army. They've been Karening since like the 70's. Probably before.

tuzdayschild
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1 month ago

No, I really won't.

Celia
Community Member
1 month ago

I thought its game rank since my husband is a heavy gamer haha

Erin S
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1 month ago

No, no I won't.

Tomáš Mesároš
Community Member
1 month ago

Naaaaaaah, I won´t.

Megan Navonod
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1 month ago

Why is he a stuck up douche bag too?

DancingToMyself
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1 month ago

Missing comma completely changed the meaning of that thought.

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Randy Klefbeck
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3 weeks ago

Okay. You are a second class petty bitch.

StrawberryParfait
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1 month ago

I will do no such thing. Do you not have your own identity?

Moon Painter Girl
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope. Not okay. Even for a Karen.

Cori
Community Member
1 month ago

Aaaaand I just threw up a little.

Flare
Community Member
1 month ago

How 'bout no!

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I don't get it. Because you have no identity of your own?

N S
Community Member
1 month ago

Buahahaha, fuck off!

Alexis D.
Community Member
1 month ago

oh HELL no!

Layla Corman
Community Member
1 month ago

I HATE the women who think they have the right to be treated like their husbands rank! Nope!

Gerard White
Community Member
1 month ago

That is so flippin' STUPID! And I was an E-5, too

Talia
Community Member
1 month ago

Try me xD

Lisa Shaw
Community Member
1 month ago

No, I will not, if you didn't earn it, you not getting it!

Bob Connely
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay, "Hey, assh#le..." How's that?

Craymoss
Community Member
1 month ago

Hahahahahahahahahaha...... breathes* hahahahahahahahahahahahaha...........

Alan Green
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I would be so tempted to add speech-marks and an extra word to the end so it read: You Will Address Me By "My Husband's Rank Wife"

akash chotai
Community Member
1 month ago

Ay ay, Captain Fuckturd!

bv7hearts
Community Member
1 month ago

No, no I won't.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay Mrs. Second Class Petty Officer. (no salute required for those not in the know)

DebbyC
Community Member
1 month ago

What?

Odette Greyling
Community Member
1 month ago

So basically you have no identity?

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
1 month ago

Who even prints such a sticker? Disgusting.

Cheryl Fontaine
Community Member
1 month ago

no lady, I wouldn't "address" you at all.

Pippa Runs
Community Member
1 month ago

Really??

Jayne Pherigo
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow! Knew alot expected to be TREATED like that, but damn!

Paizleypie
Community Member
1 month ago

You have to earn it, B!

Flibbel's Follies
Community Member
1 month ago

I got some navy guys that would LOVE to talk to her

Aimee Simmons
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't even address my own military husband by his rank.

Catherine Spencer-Mills
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1 month ago

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Bob von Liski
Community Member
1 month ago

Hi, Sailor!

ZoeIsHahaha
Community Member
1 month ago

This is like the one BP post about the whole “Military spouses should get free stuff” thing. Funny-ish, but also makes you concerned about the future.

Cara Kelly
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay Mrs Poor Fucking Bastard how can I help you today

Summer Woodsong
Community Member
1 month ago

uhhhh, nope.

John Montgomery
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm curious how often they actually get their way.

Jeelisa Sno
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't understand what that even sounds like

I Just Changed My Name
Community Member
1 month ago

No, no I won't.

staygoldponyboy
Community Member
1 month ago

How about we just call you by your rank... Major PainInTheArse!

Anna McHugh
Community Member
1 month ago

Mrs Private? or General Missus? Colonel Major Missus?

Theodor Šik
Community Member
1 month ago

Gilead intesifyes? Commander's wives?

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 month ago

It doesn't work like that, Mrs. Corporal, Sir. Wait, corporals wouldn't be addressed as sir would they? What's lower than corporal?

Grace Skerp
Community Member
1 month ago

Private. For navy types, seaman. (Stop right now, gurl)

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Andraya Begley
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1 month ago

Spot on.

CR Harvey
Community Member
1 month ago

Of course, Mrs. Staff Sergeant.

Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope, I shall call you Mrs Cunt

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope, you didn't earn it, Karen

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
1 month ago

Nah. My ex was never a Rev Dr, or tenured professor...

Vincent Philippart
Community Member
1 month ago

It's funny, but it's fake right?

DancingToMyself
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1 month ago

Apparently not.

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ThatGuv
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1 month ago

Sure thing Private Karen...

cybermerlin2000
Community Member
1 month ago

Is your husbands rank Shlep?

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
1 month ago

All right, General Idiot.

ROBERT NELSON
Community Member
1 month ago

BISH I CALL YOU KAREN

elfin
Community Member
1 month ago

OK. Your husband is rank. And so are you.

Kent Fishburn
Community Member
1 month ago

Your husband IS rank. He married YOU!

Shart
Community Member
1 month ago

Sorry but it doesnt work that way..but id gladly call you karen

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
1 month ago

Lance Corporal Karen?

K O
Community Member
1 month ago

lmao

Dirk Hoekstra
Community Member
1 month ago

What's your major malfunction, Private Karen!!

TheGr81sComing
Community Member
1 month ago

I have a feeling that the husband won like that

Grace Skerp
Community Member
1 month ago

I can guarantee all the women in the USN wouldn't. "Karen" would be the nicest name she'd be call.

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

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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

Heave, Puke, Barf

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