Karens of Tik Tok

The entitled, middle-aged, women that this world is making fun of via Tik Tok.


A few of the “Karens” who have become popular over the years.

A “Karen” has come to be known as an entitled, middle-aged woman who demands that things go their way. Some of the key characteristics of a “Karen” is their blonde bob cut and their constant need for a manager. They also tend to harass employees who are just trying to do their jobs or normal people going about their day.

Over the past year or so, there has been a trend on TikTok where people either record, talk about, or recreate their interactions with “Karens”. One of the most notable “Karens” to appear on the app is Kidz Bop Karen. There are also videos of people making fun of “karens” by acting like them or making POVs. The trend has become popular enough to where #karen has 7.4 billion views on the app; there’s even more if you consider the other hashtags such as #calmdownkaren and #karenfreakouts.

Now the question is: Why have these videos become so popular? It might be because Gen Z and Millenials like to complain, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. According to The New York Times, “Constantly complaining can be an easy way to frustrate our confidantes, but there is research that shows it can also be a useful tool in bonding and helping us process emotions like stress and frustration.” So whenever someone goes to TikTok to complain about a “Karen”, it allows viewers to collectively hate and complain about a particular person. 

Another possibility for these videos’ popularity is that newer generations like fighting against injustice, and exposing “Karens” is one example of this. But in the end, the most likely reason is that viewers could be getting a laugh out of “karens” getting kicked out of stores or losing arguments. And after 2020, a good laugh could be just the thing that people need.


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