When you think of film villains your mind may automatically jump to Darth Vader, Hannibal Lector or the Joker.
But there’s one more to add to the list — Karen.
A trailer has dropped for an upcoming horror film titled Karen. The film is centred around a racist white woman who, you guessed it, is named Karen White. Watch the trailer above.
In recent years, the name Karen has been turned into a meme, one that has trademark personality traits that represent a “hostile and entitled white woman”.
The title comes from the term which once the now-infamous associations for the name Karen that identifies white women for their intolerant and often racist behaviours.
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The film stars Orange Is the New Black alum Taryn Manning, whose character is intent on destroying the lives of her new neighbours, (played by Cory Hardrict and Jasmine Burke), who are Black.
The couple is aware of their “white, entitled neighbour named Karen,” however, as revealed in the trailer it’s soon revealed she has no intention of playing nice for long.
Manning told Deadline, she felt “a social responsibility” to take on the role.
“Even if I had to play the villain to affect change around the globe, then I was more than willing to step into the role,” she said. “What’s been going on is devastating. It’s time for change and for me to be a part of the bigger picture, meant a lot to me.”
The trailer, which dropped on Friday, has caused some confusion, with some people unsure if the film is satirical or not.
“Is that Karen movie preview… an SNL thing or is it real?” Roxanne Gay tweeted. Others slammed its comparison to Jordan Peele’s 2017 film Get Out.
“Part of why Get Out was good is because it was subtle and clever with its commentary,” one user Tweeted. “This movie flat out says in the dialogue “I’m Karen and I hate black people” like what are the writers thinking.”
“What Jordan peele “get out” snl skit nonsense is this??” asked another. “No one asked for a movie about a murderous Karen”
Others said it is “capitalising off black trauma.”
“I don’t find nothing entertaining about this at all. Especially BET having a hand in it,” another agreed.
Karen currently has no set release date.
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