The Internet isn’t quite sure what to make of the trailer for the new movie Karen, mostly because it seems absurd a movie about a racist White woman in 2021 was ever greenlit. (Seriously, who asked for this?)
The movie stars Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black) as Karen, a middle-aged, upper-middle class White woman (wearing a really bad Lifetime-esque wig) who has an obvious distaste for her new neighbors, a young Black couple. She seemingly spends all her time terrorizing them, calling the cops on them, threatening them and more.
The Internet is already comparing the film to Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning Get Out, a comparison Karen director Coke Daniels is thrilled about. But based on the trailer, Karen seems to be less of a jaw-dropping masterpiece in storytelling and more of a “worst Karen compilation video” of White women terrorizing innocent people of color. Where Peele’s Get Out was a razor sharp, nuanced exploration of racist terror in America, Karen just looks like it dares to ask the question “what if racism was bad actually?”
The term “Karen” as a derogatory term began years ago, when numerous videos of middle-aged, upper-middle class White women having public meltdowns over people of color living their lives started going viral. The term has grown in popularity in pop culture, with people calling women who asked to speak with the manager or who have a specific haircut a “Karen.”
Does the world need a movie about a racist White woman at this time? Probably not. Will we still watch this movie when it’s released? Also probably no. But will we use this movie as a meme for years to come when racist women continue to act like a “Karen”? Absolutely.
The movie doesn’t have a release date at the time.