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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Kristoffer Rahbek-Jensen
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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

There’s no finer feeling!

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Ben Smith
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4 months ago

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

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DANIELLE
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4 months ago

This one is great.

Maria Jurkovičová
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4 months ago

Just check any old novel. There will be alabaster-white skin, and porcelain-white skin, and milk-white skin, and I remember a passage when a person's face became like cottage cheese due to some distress.

Lisa Chambers
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4 months ago

*Looks at hands* I think I am more of a remoulade color, if we are going for condiments here.

SciFi Vortex
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4 months ago

So it's the pointing out of a colour of something (skin in this case) that you have a problem with. Got it. But you nheed to improve your vocabulary. "Alabaster" is the usual word to describe smooth white skin, not "mayonnaise". I'm afraid your recist hatred of white people is showing. Oops!

M Kate McCulloch
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4 months ago

Honestly... I'd read that book. Just so I could read it aloud and laugh my ass off. But seriously, when I want to write a POC into one of my stories, how can I ask my friends for guidance? I mean... how do I ask?

Dilly Millandry
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4 months ago

What guidance do you need? Some detail about the character's background in the same way you would do for anyone POC or not should be sufficient to introduce them. Then leave them to the reader's imagination. The point being made is that physical description is not constantly needed. If you need cultural information then research it or ask someone from that culture for more information. If your intent is to get facts right then why would a friend mind?

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Viviane
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4 months ago

Love it! I have a white friend who mentions the race or ethnicity of any non-white person she encounters regardless of whether or not it's relevant to her anecdote (it rarely is).

Grumble O'Pug
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4 months ago

BTW Jane Austen only describes physical features three times in P&P. And don't get me started on the fucking weather. OMG! Authors writng meteorology reports to set a scene need help

Stille20
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4 months ago

Mayonnaise colored hands is not like saying coffee colored skin. Coffee has a warm rich connotation.

ZoeIsHahaha
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4 months ago

Wait what’s POC?

Josie Maes Farone
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4 months ago

Person of color

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Summer Woodsong
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4 months ago

Excellent!! We were just discussing this the other day. Why do authors feel compelled to constantly remind us a character is a person of color? I'd be mayo with a touch of mustard,, Maybe we could use pantone color numbers? Oh, common!! People are people, what they do, how they act, what they bring to the game is what's important!!

daniel280456
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4 months ago

Because people like Kai complain that there aren't enough POC in books.

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KT Pinto
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1 week ago

Wait... I just got it! Kai is the Karen!!! Now I understand!

KT Pinto
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1 week ago

Completely inaccurate and racist, but of course it's okay...

Up All Night
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4 months ago

Human lips are strange if you think about it. Animals rarely have their lips turning outward like ours, if they do, it's usually freakish sight. Sorry for being off topic.

Nothanks L. Walk
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4 months ago

That woman is clearly an imbecile. Not even a frozen corpse with jaundice would be the colour of mayonnaise.

Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

There are some authors who seem to think they're being so open minded in their descriptions, but like this, are horrible. Yes, we know the character is a person of color. Spare us the vivid descriptors.

Grumble O'Pug
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4 months ago

This one is so fucking great, why isn't it higher??? I am so tired of "honey", "chocolate" , "almond", "latte", "coffee", etc., it isn't even funny

Wendy Christopher
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3 months ago

Well I scored 3 out of 5 on that one! (I'm not called Karen, and I have no need to speak to a manager, but the rest all checks out.)

Randy Klefbeck
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4 months ago

Nail'd it.

Faith Nicole
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4 months ago

🤣

daniel280456
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4 months ago

If you don't have POC in your book, why ? If you do, they're not presented correctly. If you don't have LGBTQ characters, why ? If you do, they're not presented correctly.

daniel280456
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4 months ago

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ARB
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4 months ago

This would be #1 on the NYT bestsellers list in a heartbeat!

Azure Adams
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4 months ago

Perfect

Analyn Lahr
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4 months ago

One of the best pieces of writing advice is: write what you know. If you don't know it, research the hell out of it at the very least.

KT Pinto
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1 week ago

"White" writers know what other people look like in all colors, shapes, sizes and genders. What exactly is there to research? The OP, though, may want to research the fact that "white" writers aren't "white", nor do they all write the same way.

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southpaw
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4 months ago

l0l

Jo Johannsen
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4 months ago

"...mayonnaise-colored hands... " 😝😝😝😝

Josh Tall
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4 months ago

BRILLIANT!

Amanda Sherland
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4 months ago

Why isn't this #1?

Leo Domitrix
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4 months ago

OMG YES.

Palestinian warrior
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4 months ago

Why doesn't this have more upvotes?!

Laura Deckers
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4 months ago

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Shirley Richard
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4 months ago

This should be number 1!

Katinka Min
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4 months ago

This needs to be way higher up

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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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4 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.

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Rose the Cook
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4 months ago

Learn to count before you complain.

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Ben Smith
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4 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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4 months ago

1st place in the costume contest!

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I zzi
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4 months ago

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

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4 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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4 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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Hans
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4 months ago

That chart is handy!

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MsM
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4 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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4 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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Freya the Wanderer
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4 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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4 months ago

I can't even...

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Freya the Wanderer
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4 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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4 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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4 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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MsM
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4 months ago

This made me lose it!

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MsM
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4 months ago

Would that manager be Satan then? :D

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4 months ago

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

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Ami Temi
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4 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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4 months ago

They are doing nothing offensive here.

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4 months ago

Slave to whom?

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MsM
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4 months ago

That face! I can't stop laughing!

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Ben Smith
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4 months ago

That looks like an ostrich snake hybrid

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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

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

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4 months ago

Felicia would like Karen to sit down.

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MsM
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4 months ago

Dang, that fetus is hardcore! XD

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Ben Smith
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4 months ago

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

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4 months ago

Wtf??

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4 months ago

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

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4 months ago

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

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4 months ago

Heave, Puke, Barf

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