There's a new horror film called Karen and it looks as bad as it sounds
Can I speak to a manager, please?
Anyone who has ever worked in retail will undoubtedly have horrors beyond recognition that still haunt them in their dreams.
No, I am not talking about long days or sweaty manual labour, but the aberration that has come to be known as a 'Karen'. This is not a singular person, but a lifestyle choice, and one with its own culture of destruction, short bobbed hair and shrill voice.
An upcoming thriller follows the lives of a black couple plagued by a rather insidious Karen, played by none other than Orange is the New Black's Taryn Manning.
But, the trailer leaves little to be desired and much to be questioned.
Clip via Flixville USA
Manning plays the queen of Karens, who spouts racist and intolerant rubbish to her new neighbours. However, the film has been met with some criticism online, after comparisons were drawn between the film and the 2017 horror movie Get Out.
Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, received huge accolades for its depiction of black trauma. But since then, producers have sought to bring similar stories to life, without actually taking the time to develop original and interesting ideas.
Among other films, Amazon's Them was criticised for an unoriginal depiction of the black experience without bringing anything new to the conversation. It was merely there, critics said, to open a wound and reap the benefits.
Karen has also been compared to Get Out, and just by the trailer, it definitely looks to draw inspiration from the source material. Though the idea of a Karen film was bound to emerge, many have compared the trailer to SNL sketches because at first, it does seem like a prank.
The only Karen film I want to see is a dark comedy starring Cecily Strong being completely unhinged thanks
— Robin Sparklez needs a nap (@robinsparklezz) June 22, 2021
Getting back to the trailer for this Karen film. Not only does it look cringe and terrible, but it feels like it's trivializing the problem/menace of the real racist Karens. This one should have been left on the cutting room floor. Hard Pass. 👎🏾 https://t.co/E84RL0TOAS
— Petty Salty Bobby B 🇯🇲🇺🇸 (@RudeBoyNYK) June 22, 2021
I can see where that 'Karen' film, gives off the vibes of a Jordan Peele film. But let's be honest, the film just looks trash. Regardless of inspiration the film looks trash. BET should feel embarrassed. And calling it 'Karen' like it's a MadTV sketch.
— Michael™ Agent Of SHIELD (Level 7) (@SecretAvenger22) June 22, 2021
That karen film looks like a skit of get out that’s a skit of love craft country that’s a skit on ginny and Georgia on snl
— rose (@rosesburner) June 22, 2021
Karen is directed by Coke Daniels, but no official release date for it has been revealed as of yet.