From the New York Times “Style” section:
In 1965, it was the third-most-popular baby name in the United States. In 2018, it was the 635th — and today it’s even less popular. How did Karens fall so far?
By Henry Goldblatt
July 31, 2020
Ask a woman named Karen what she used to think of her name and you’ll hear phrases like “generic,” “perfectly serviceable” and “an easy name.”
In 2020, Karen is no longer “an easy name.” Once popular for girls born in the 1960s, it then became a pseudonym for a middle-aged busybody with a blond choppy bob who asks to speak to the manager. Now, the moniker has most recently morphed into a symbol of racism and white privilege.
It’s almost as if anti-white racist hate speech has been promoted by the New York Times in recent years.
A “Karen” now roams restaurants and stores, often without a mask during this coronavirus era, spewing venom and calling the authorities to tattle, usually on people of color and often putting them in dangerous situations. And while this archetype had previously been called “Permit Patty” or “BBQ Becky,” “Karen” has stuck....
And, of course, the Queen of Karens — Amy Cooper, also known as Central Park Karen — threatened and fabricated accusations against a Black man after he politely asked her to put her dog on a leash, as park rules stated.
In other words, a Karen is a white woman who asks to have picky rules enforced, or is a white woman who is picked on over picky rules. But let’s not get picky over logical consistency. The point is that, whatever she does or doesn’t do, the Karen is a white woman and therefore deserves racist mockery.
A reader writes:
One important takeaway (in my opinion):
Don’t give your daughter a trendy name. If you do, the likely result is that she has a cute and sexy name until age 30 but after that her name will more and more be seen as non-cute, non-sexy, and representative of an older disfavored generation. Eventually, most of the women in the nursing home will have that name.
Sometimes out of fashion names come back in fashion maybe 70 years later as young couples honor a beloved grandparent. But, yeah, having the hot name of 1965 is not so good in 2020. But age must come to us all.
What’s not so necessary is a society that thinks racist slurs are hilarious as long as whites are the victims.