Social media goes ballistic over ‘racist’ ‘Karen’ costume

They’re not so happy with this Halloweave.

A Halloween hairpiece poking fun at “Karen” — the heavily memed term for entitled white women who call the cops on black people and defy mask mandates — is being slammed as tone deaf and racist on social media.

The Karen costume came to light after a Twitter user named Helen Shivers shared a snap of the inflammatory accessory, dubbed a “Karen Wig,” that she came across at a costume shop last week. She captioned the pic: “and the scariest costume goes to…” 

The packaging for the wig, which is sold online by Spirit Halloween for $19.99, features a pic of a model in an exaggerated bouffant blonde wig and sweater lowering a pair of sunglasses and flashing an accusatory glare. (Note: The infamous ‘do is widely believed to have been inspired by the asymmetrical haircut of Kate Gosselin from the reality TV show “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” circa 2009.)

The description on the retailer’s site reads, “Everyone will know you’re looking to speak to the manager when you complete your Karen outfit with this hilarious Karen Wig. This short and stylish cut is the perfect hairstyle to show everyone you ain’t the one to mess with.”

Suffice it to say, social media users accused the Karen cosplay of cashing in on racism.

“I don’t like how they’re profiting from the very real issue of racism,” fumed one incensed critic on Twitter.

Indeed, many found the getup particularly tasteless in light of the ongoing trend of “Karen” incidents.

In perhaps the most infamous instance last summer, Amy Cooper was filmed calling the cops on a black birdwatcher in Central Park who asked her to keep her dog on a leash. She was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.

Meanwhile, a California woman sparked outrage after calling the cops on a Filipino man for stenciling “BLACK LIVES MATTER” in chalk on his own property.

The controversial accessory is sold by costume store Spirit Halloween.
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“This is super wack,” wrote another. “Absolutely nothing funny about a whole species of people that put Black people in danger of losing their lives with a simple phone call. I hate it here.”

One outraged detractor lamented, “The way yt people have managed to turn this into a joke is honestly so unsurprising. A whole costume for a label that’s supposed to identify yt women who weaponize their whiteness to brutalize black people.”

“Ion like how they profiting off racist entitled white woman and using a word ppl use to call them out into a trendy Halloween costume…but ima be quiet,” said another.

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