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    When/Where did the Karen trope start?

    I am seeing it all the time online now. In memes, videos, people using it passively in conversation. I know it has been a thing for a while now online but it seems like only recently (with the mask issue) did people start using it way more and even offline. I don't know when it started exactly or even why. I just always thought it was funny because even without sharing the same name, I think everyone somehow knows a Karen.

    Does anyone know when this whole trope started and where it was pulled from?

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    That is a good question.

    It has been around for a couple (2) years and has become mainstream due to the virus.

    So, yeah
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    I am seeing it all the time online now. In memes, videos, people using it passively in conversation. I know it has been a thing for a while now online but it seems like only recently (with the mask issue) did people start using it way more and even offline. I don't know when it started exactly or even why. I just always thought it was funny because even without sharing the same name, I think everyone somehow knows a Karen.

    Does anyone know when this whole trope started and where it was pulled from?
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    Didn't know it's that old. A small number of Karens took to the internet to tell of their frustration from feeling the need to change their legal name.

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    If i'm not mistaken, the "I want to speak to the Manager" hair meme has been around for many years but was only just given the name Karen fairly recently. I have an Aunt named Karen.

    Calling someone "Karen" is a tool of systematic oppression. It's OUR word, but you can say Kelly.
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    So the manager thing just evolved into Karen. I was wondering. I thought it might have been based on a show or something. I was thinking it had to do with that Kate plus 8 show or whetever that mess was but then I remembered her name is "Kate" and not "Karen" lol

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    I recall Dane Cook doing a live bit on "Karen" being a bag of douche.

    This was from his tour he did in the 2000's. Maybe 2006. (I remember downloading his comedy back in high school with limewire)

    Internet legends say Dane Cook was the original founder of Karen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madmanmark08 View Post
    I recall Dane Cook doing a live bit on "Karen" being a bag of douche.

    This was from his tour he did in the 2000's. Maybe 2006. (I remember downloading his comedy back in high school with limewire)
    I got this on Limewire back in Middle School too, hahaha!
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    I completely forgot about Dane Cook. I saw that standup show as well. Whatever happened to him? Seems like a lot of people who were popular like 15 years ago disapeared or aren't doing anything related to entertainment anymore.

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