This week, the latest in a long line of “Karen” types appeared in a now-viral video on Twitter, when she refused to wear a mask at Home Depot and cited “White power” and being “entitled” as her reasons.
While waiting in line at a Home Depot in Illinois, a woman began filming the White woman behind her, who was refusing to wear a mask.
The White woman held her own wallet-style cell phone case up in front of her face to block the camera, but she still had plenty to say while avoiding the camera.
The video was shared on Twitter, where it quickly went viral.
Today's episode of "Maskhole Karen's" location: Illinois.
"I'm white and entitled. I believe in white power" pic.twitter.com/22kOZmWuwh
— 🦋🌸ᗰᗴᒪᎥᔕᔕᗩ🌸🦋 (@MeliMels99) July 5, 2020
The woman filming the video claimed the White woman said prior to the recording that she was annoyed people were wearing masks in the store. She confronted her for threatening to cough on the videographer during a pandemic.
The White woman said nothing and began to show her middle finger to the videographer, still hiding her face.
The videographer managed to get a quick look at the woman’s face over the top of her phone case, and the White woman proceeded to smack her phone away.
As the moment escalated, the videographer called the woman disgusting, who replied:
“Yes, I am disgusting. I’m White, and I’m a woman.”
The videographer confirmed she heard her correctly, and the White woman replied:
“Yes, I’m a White woman. I’m entitled.”
The videographer replied:
“Oh my god! You’re a White woman! Welcome to privilege!”
The woman replied:
“Yep, I’m a White woman. That’s how it works.”
The videographer asked:
“What does you being White have to do with you getting your way [and not wearing a mask]?”
The woman replied:
“Because I’m a White woman. That’s what happens.”
The videographer proceeded to call the woman names, saying:
“You’re a disgusting, racist piece of trash. Literally.”
The White woman shrugged and said:
“I believe in White power.”
The video ended shortly after, when the videographer managed to catch a glimpse of the White woman again, and the woman swatted her phone away again.
Many who saw the video were disgusted with this way of thinking.
DISGUSTING. I am a white woman and I do NOT believe I am automatically entitled. I do NOT want to be entitled because I happened to be born female and Caucasian. If I want someone’s respect, I expect I will have to EARN it, thank you very much.
— Erica (@Boundelaires) July 5, 2020
a group of non karen white women need to form a task force with an emergency number so we can call them to come rescue these chicks. these incidents are really getting old.
— Miss Lucy (@LuzMiz9) July 5, 2020
I wish I could give a hug to the unseen woman filming this, and tell her how awesome she is.
— Alice Evans (@AliceEvansGruff) July 5, 2020
Well. She certainly is white. No argument there. As an Irish white man, I’m ashamed. WTF.
— Antifa minister of Vegetables (@OfVegitables) July 5, 2020
Others also said they wouldn’t be shopping at Home Depot while they’re not enforcing masks, or more decent behavior.
We spend 1000s at HD. Unless & until their stores demand masks, we’ll shop somewhere else. Everyone has the right to be protected in stores. With ppl like that, stores will have to shut down from the spread of CV by these ignorant barbarians. Will they take action or not?
— M E Roberts (@MERoberts16) July 5, 2020
This is why we can’t safely reopen. Or have nice things.
— MertlewoodOre🌹 (@mertlewoodOre) July 5, 2020
Of course, some wanted to make “Karen” internet-famous.
I did a couple of photo shots…we can still make her famous pic.twitter.com/SiW6aBs3iY
— Jerry McPeake (@JerryMcPeake) July 5, 2020
She knew to keep her face hidden though. Didn’t wanna be internet famous, for all the wrong reasons. 🤦🏾♂️
— Jimmy ✊🏾 #PowerToThePeople (@Jwheels_74) July 5, 2020
Here she is, make her famous. pic.twitter.com/0yQ6pawQfu
— Brandon is Voting 4 BIDEN (@Brandon99433346) July 5, 2020
With so many problems occurring in our world all at the same time—starting with the pandemic—it’s easy to see how these issues begin to blur—like citing “White power” as a good enough reason to not wear a mask.