In the latest edition of Icy Doesn't Have a Blog or Social Media So You Get A Thread: Can we all agree that the "Karen" of 2014 is not the Karen of today?
I live in Karenopolis, and have since the trend started. Yes, there are still women - from Boomers to Millennials - who still wear that spiky reverse bob and bedazzled flare-leg jeans, and act like they own the world.
Thing is, 2014 Karen is solidly lower middle class. Her son is Kyle, who is that guy who has built his personality and identity around Monster energy drink. Her husband was never really named at the time, but he's definitely blue-collar, owns multiple Ed Hardy and Tapout t-shirts, and is definitely *****-whipped. Karens fill their Facebook feeds with minion memes, anti-vaxx "information," and promotion for their Young Living, Scentsy, LuLaRoe, and Younique "businesses." Her sense of entitlement is just bullying, but for a very specific reason - to get free stuff and/or her way. She was never specifically coded as racist in the antebellum period of the culture wars, although she almost definitely is casually racist that was never a part of the meme. She's just obnoxious white trash.
Nowadays, the meme is bigger than ever, but Karen is a completely different woman. Now she's upper middle class, explicitly racist, and genuinely feels entitled. 2014 Karen has to work to keep up that sense of entitlement, because she knows she doesn't actually have it and has to fight for it. That's why she's so exceptionally annoying, she's clearly playing a calculated game.
2014 Karen was an equal-opportunity harasser, especially the bane of young customer service representatives at places like Walmart, Target, Costco, Starbucks, and McDonalds. 2020 Karen only harasses minorities, and they don't seem to be calculated incidents the way 2014 Karen operates. I have yet to see a viral 2020 Karen story about actual Karen behavior, just blunt racism. 2020 Karen seems to be a former debutante who has since completely lost her filter and wants to tell every minority she encounters just how she feels about them, or doesn't like living with minorities in the area and does her damndest to drive them out, usually involving the police. In other words, a Becky.
I feel like I'm missing a link here. When did the Beckys steal Karen away from the Karens? What do we call 2014 Karen now? Brenda? Because she's still a looming presence out there, too, mostly at Reopen Rallies and on Facebook right now.