Comedian Ziwe Asked 4 Karens When’s The Last Time They Asked For A Manager. The Answers Are Exactly What You’d Expect.
One woman admitted that one of her fondest Karen moments was making a server "sweat it out" by asking for a manager to only applaud their customer service.
May 15, 2021 at 1:45 am
Comedian Ziwe Fumudoh asked four random white women named Karen to recount the last time they asked to speak to a manager and the answers were hilarious.
Fumudoh, who is the star of her new show Ziwe, posted a snippet of the video to Twitter, writing "I interviewed a bunch of Karens about asking to speak to the manager."
i interviewed a bunch of karens about asking to speak to the manager pic.twitter.com/u1TQQgf37H
— ziwe (@ziwe) May 10, 2021
According to the video, "'Karen' is a pejorative slang term for obnoxious, angry and entitled, and often racist middle-aged white women who use their privilege to demand their way at the expense of others."
During the sit-down interview, one of the women said that the memes of white women asking to speak to the manager were funny, at first.
"I am that. My kids sent it to me right away they were like 'Oh my gosh mom look at this.' And it became not funny very quickly," she said.
During the summer, white women took to Twitter to express their anger over being deemed a "Karen," saying it was a "slur" and was "offensive," as Blavity previously reported.
One woman admitted that she reached into her bag of Karen tricks when asking for a manager because her patience wore out waiting to be seated for a table at a restaurant.
Another woman said she rather see people "sweat it out" by asking for a manager in front of the server only to applaud them for their customer service, Pink News reported.
"There's good Karens out there," one of the women said in response, nodding her head and smiling.
The conversation continued, with the women in agreeance that if the problem is racism, to call it as such, rather than something else.
"But call it what it is, if the action is racist, don't put a label on it. Don't put a name on it," one woman said.
"Don't put Karen on it," Fumudoh said in response, with another woman chiming in, in agreeance.
Last summer, during the peak of Black Lives Matter protests, "Karen" skyrocketed as a term used to describe angry white women who often resort to asking for a manager or filing false police reports.
Amy Cooper, who called the police on a Black birdwatcher, falsely told police that she was being threatened while walking her dog in Central Park. Christian Cooper, who shares no relation to Amy, filmed the entire incident and later posted it online.
Amy quickly saw herself coined with the nickname "Central Park Karen," and was later charged. But one of the women said the name Karen should have been replaced with Amy after the incident.
One of the women said as the energy behind "Karen" increased, it quickly became a racist reference.
"Her name isn't Karen. So now we're being racist. Think about it, now we're classifying all Karens are going to be like her. That's not true," the woman said.
"It's sexist and it's ageist but I feel like it's a small sacrifice to make for racial justice," another woman said proudly.
"So you're Karen for the cause?" Fumudoh asked for clarification.
The clip of the interview, which has surpassed 200,000 views and garnered hundreds of responses, showed one woman revealing she was mixed race and could emphasize.
"We all came from Africa," the woman explained after detailing her racial background which only identified herself as 100% white.
The women ultimately agreed that "Karens' lives matter" and opted to get temporary tattoos reading "Karen and proud."