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.

#1

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Kristoffer Rahbek-Jensen
Community Member
3 months ago

I want to upvote this waaaay more than once

Laugh or not
Community Member
3 months ago

I upvoted it for you.

Load More Replies...
Kathy Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

And the kid’s just counting down the days until their 18th birthday, so they can get vaccinated without their parents’ permission.

blugeagua
Community Member
3 months ago

Anti-vaxx dad's too. Having both parents like that would be the worst.

Sang Fe
Community Member
3 months ago

I am a Christian, very much so. That being said, I stopped going to churches because some of the most racist, and hateful things I have ever heard being said to another person was spoken in the parking lot directly after services by a deacon who I later found out impregnated two of his teenage daughters.

Joseph O'Reilly
Community Member
3 months ago

Y'all this post is at 69 upvotes don't touch it

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
3 months ago

10000 Upvotes!

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
3 months ago

hahaha ....funny and yet sad

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
3 months ago

Same here.

Delaney Anderson
Community Member
3 weeks ago

just because people might be anti-vax doesn't mean they don't care about their children. oftentimes, they think that their way is better for their kids with the vitamins and healthy eating habits that they sometimes have regardless of whether you think they're right or not.

Nathan Jones
Community Member
3 months ago

Look at this buffoon trying to accumulate the record for downvotes lol.

ROBERT NELSON
Community Member
3 months ago

HA

Anamaria Mazer de Toledo
Community Member
1 month ago

These parentes wil never heal their brain virus

Panda Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

Ha!

Kathy Trites
Community Member
3 months ago

Except the kid is using a nebulizer for asthma. Not what an anti vaxxers would do for their kid

K. aka letmeplaywithkittens
Community Member
3 months ago

Nubmaeme: while I don’t agree with you, I appreciate that you’re not behaving viciously while being the target of these comments. I hope that people are more polite in their discussion with you.

Lucas
Community Member
3 months ago

That's all very well but Nubmaeme is lying and that is a fact. There is no truth to what they say, the mercury issue is not a matter of opinion. They are simply wrong. People are angry because this person seeks to deliberately misinform. An allergic reaction can kill a small number of people but that isn't what they are claiming. So, it is a lie or at best a lack of understanding but as that could be cleared up with a small amount of effort... no it is a lie and there are no good intentions.

Load More Replies...
Nubmaeme
Community Member
3 months ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

I've got nothing against vaccines as long as they're clean. These days, too many of them contain heavy metals and other junk for no reason except to cause problems, and once you have the shot, it's too late if it isn't a clean one. I've had family members die from vaccines. Now, I think twice about getting them. And yes, it was the vaccines that killed them. Even Duke University Medical Center confirmed the vaccines were contaminated with mercury. I'm not saying don't get them. I only want to warn people how dangerous they can be. Please don't go blindly getting vaccines simply because they're available. Know what you are getting. And be absolutely sure you know what is being put into your kids.

Nathan Jones
Community Member
3 months ago

You're full of shit, because vaccines don't contain mercury. They contain thimerosal. It's not mercury, it's a mercury compound. You clearly don't understand the difference, so here's the simple version. Chlorine is a very toxic element. In it's pure form, just being close to it can kill you. But there's a chlorine compound called NaCl that you know as table salt, and you eat it all the time. Thimerosal that's found in vaccines is not mercury. And it would take the equivalent of 500,000 vaccines for the thimerosal to begin to approach toxic levels. So yeah, we think your story is bullshit, because it's obviously bullshit. And Duke did not tell you vaccines killed them. There would be absolutely no chance in hell of linking a death to a vaccine unless large numbers were dying from the same vaccine.

Load More Replies...
View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

Funny-Karen-Jokes

Report

Xavier Wescott
Community Member
3 months ago

I'd buy coffee from there!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, time to talk to the manager.

View More Replies...
View more comments

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."

#4

Funny-Karen-Jokes

outlawcobra Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

There’s no finer feeling!

View more comments
#5

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#6

Funny-Karen-Jokes

kaichoyce Report

DANIELLE
Community Member
3 months ago

This one is great.

View more comments

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!'”

#7

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Tina Hugh
Community Member
3 months 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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Rose the Cook
Community Member
3 months ago

Learn to count before you complain.

View more comments
#9

Funny-Karen-Jokes

SamiZayn , twitter.com Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

That’s some horrible grammar.

View More Replies...
View more comments

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.

#10

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
3 months ago

1st place in the costume contest!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Funny-Karen-Jokes

FleshmanKaren Report

I zzi
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View more comments
#12

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com , buzzfeednews Report

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

ZombieGirl
Community Member
3 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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

Funny-Karen-Jokes

NoneofYourBiz07 Report

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

That chart is handy!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Funny-Karen-Jokes

Btaylor74 Report

MsM
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

Funny-Karen-Jokes

mantsz Report

I zzi
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

Funny-Karen-Jokes

RyleeMoser Report

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
3 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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Two Silly Pups
Community Member
3 months ago

I can't even...

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

Funny-Karen-Jokes

NeonTiger1135 Report

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
3 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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Community Member
3 months 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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Ami Temi
Community Member
3 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!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Tracey Hirt
Community Member
3 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.”

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

Funny-Karen-Jokes

rushinlobster Report

MsM
Community Member
3 months ago

This made me lose it!

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#24

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

MsM
Community Member
3 months ago

Would that manager be Satan then? :D

View More Replies...
View more comments
#25

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#26

Funny-Karen-Jokes

KimKardashian , twitter.com Report

Ami Temi
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#27

Funny-Karen-Jokes

k37j0w21p1 Report

Iapetos
Community Member
3 months ago

They are doing nothing offensive here.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#28

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

Slave to whom?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

Funny-Karen-Jokes

orangearrowmemes Report

MsM
Community Member
3 months ago

That face! I can't stop laughing!

View more comments
#30

Funny-Karen-Jokes

FirePhoinex290 Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

That looks like an ostrich snake hybrid

View More Replies...
View more comments
#31

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Stille20
Community Member
3 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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#32

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Carrie Henderson
Community Member
3 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).

View More Replies...
View more comments
#33

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

depicus
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#34

Funny-Karen-Jokes

ZauzTheBlacksmith Report

abby smink
Community Member
3 months ago

Felicia would like Karen to sit down.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#35

Funny-Karen-Jokes

AddictedReddit Report

MsM
Community Member
3 months ago

Dang, that fetus is hardcore! XD

View more comments
#36

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#37

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Two Silly Pups
Community Member
3 months ago

Wtf??

View More Replies...
View more comments
#38

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#39

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#40

Funny-Karen-Jokes

reddit.com Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

Heave, Puke, Barf

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 92 images. It’s been shortened to the top 40 images based on user votes.