'The Karen' Is the Most Fitting Halloween Costume for 2020 ............This October, mask up like you want to speak to Halloween's manager.
Category: EntertainmentVia: john-russell • one week ago • 5 comments
Although Halloween is still more than six weeks away, it looks like the costume of the year might be "The Karen." One Etsy seller is offering Karen wigs , styled in that asymmetrical haircut that has become synonymous with screaming about having to wear a mask at Wegmans, and leaving one-star reviews for understaffed chain restaurants.
An Amazon seller (whose store is called "Funny Halloween Shirts Internet Memes") has printed $25 shirts that say "I Want to Speak to the Manager: This is My Karen Costume," while Look Human goes with "THIS IS MY SCARY KAREN COSTUME," adding that this T-shirt is all you need to "pretend to be entitled and toxic."
And Jason Adcock, a Los Angeles artist, has added made-to-order latex Karen masks on his Etsy shop , calling it "the scariest thing you can be." Each $180 mask is handmade, with painted makeup, blond hair, and a scrunched open-mouthed expression that looks like she was sculpted while screaming "ALL LIVES MATTER" in a stranger's face.
"I was quarantining at home and wanted to make a new mask. I just started sculpting, and out came Karen," he said. "I've spent most of my life working retail in the cosmetics industry, so I have seen countless Karens in their natural habitat."
Adcock says that he's been making the masks as a way to pay his bills during the pandemic, but it's not easy work: Each Karen takes him between four and six weeks to complete. And it's both disappointing and unsurprising to learn that some people aren't hype about his latest creation. "For the most part the response has been positive and fun, but I have gotten a few death threats, a lot of people saying it's racist, or that I should be disgusted with myself," he said. "But if the one thing you're pressed up about right now is a rubber Halloween mask of an angry lady, you need to wake up. People are literally being killed every day for their race and gender identity."
If you're still upset about his hand-crafted Karens, he has another suggestion: "If your name is the only thing that defines you, you should be at Camp Crystal Lake wearing a hockey mask [and] terrorizing camp counselors."
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