Karen’s new thriller sparks online backlash as ‘HORRIBLE’, leaving viewers wondering if it’s satire
People are looking to talk to the director after a new thriller movie, Karinecaused confusion, mockery and ridicule online.
“There’s a HORRIBLE trailer floating around that I’m not even sure is real (please God no) for a movie called ‘Karen’. I won’t put it in my timeline, but if this isn’t satire, listen to me when i say the industry i love the most is dead,” tweeted Broadway performer Pia Glenn.
There’s a HORRIBLE trailer floating around that I’m not even sure is real (please God no) for a movie called “Karen”. I won’t put it on my timeline, but if it’s not satire,
hear me when i say the industry i love the most is dead
— @PiaGlenn (@PiaGlenn) June 22, 2021
The movie’s trailer features a not-so-subtle reference to the “Karen” trope, usually older white women complaining or asking to speak to the director, and it made commenters wonder if the movie was real or a parody.
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I was so excited to see this horror movie but after watching this trailer I can’t wait to see this COMEDY lmao what a mess!! Why is this black man wearing a graduation kente? ! Why is Pennsyltucky in it? ! So many WHY! It’s the Jordan Peele bootleg we deserve 🤣 #KarenMovie https://t.co/xVZm3f2Ghz
— SCAM GODDESS (@DivaLaci) June 23, 2021
did y’all see the trailer for that karen movie because….i really thought it was an snl skit for about half
— Anna (@whoisbanana5) June 22, 2021
How is my day going? Well, I watched the trailer for a horror movie called Karen, so I think I’m going to the courthouse to change my name. 🙃
– (not that kind of) Karen 🧙♀️🌊 (@klayman87) June 22, 2021
The film was also criticized for being a “duplicate” of director Jordan Peele’s 2017 film. get out and as an example of Hollywood rejecting “black excellence so it can manufacture more useless, soothing trash.”
Dear Hollywood, Hear me out: STOP trying to duplicate the work of Jordan Peele. It’s not possible lol.
— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) June 22, 2021
🤦🏽♂️I just saw the trailer. From the first line, I knew it would be crap: “It’s a long way from East Point…” There are communities all around East Point with houses like that! Hollywood rushes to reject black excellence so it can manufacture more useless, soothing trash
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) June 22, 2021
In the trailer, the film’s antagonist, Karen Drexler, played by actress Taryn Manning, says, “If you don’t comply, I’ll tell the director.”
In a later scene, Karen pushes a trash can in rage, calls the police on “aggressive” teenagers, and repeatedly challenges her new black neighbors, played by Jasmine Burke and Cory Hardrict.
“We live next door to a racist,” Burke’s character Imani said.
Manning said in an interview that she had a “social responsibility” to star in the film, even if she was to be Karen.
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“I felt a social responsibility to take on this role. Even though I had to play the bad guy to bring about change in the world, I was more than willing to play this role. What is happening is devastating. It is time to change, and for me being part of the bigger picture meant a lot to me.”