‘Ken and Karen,’ the wealthy couple who pulled guns on protesters, inspired some genius memes
It was a weekend full of Karens—the nickname du jour for entitled white women on a rampage.
On Saturday morning, there was Grocery Store Karen, who pitched a fit in Trader Joe’s after being told to wear a mask. She was quickly trailed by Fajita Wife Karen, who stared longingly at a pristine plate of fajitas she was unable to eat, as servers struggled to produce the shredded cheese she required before taking so much as one bite. Then on Sunday came Grocery Store Karen Beta, who began hurling items from her cart at the floor because of—you guessed it—the store’s mask policy.
After such a stacked weekend, who could have guessed that Sunday night would deliver the Uber Karen? No, she’s not a woman who flipped out in an Uber upon being asked not to cough directly in the driver’s nostrils, but rather the epitome of what we’re talking about when we talk about Karens. (To be fair, her husband, also a Karen, accompanied her on the journey as well.)
In response to St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson reading aloud over Facebook Live a list of names and addresses of locals calling for police reform—effectively doxxing them—hundreds of protesters headed toward her tony house to call for her resignation in person. As the group passed the home of a married pair of personal injury attorneys, the couple appeared on their front lawn armed to the teeth, guns trained on the protesters.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 29, 2020
The juxtaposition of preppy aesthetic and gaudy architecture with heavy artillery turned the pair—the precise inverse of Bonnie and Clyde—into an instant meme.
Twitter denizens, thumbs still sore from typing jokes about Trader Joe’s and shredded cheese fajitas all weekend, forged on, clowning on the reactionary couple all through the night, and well into the morning.
They compared them to characters on TV shows.
what you think you’re gonna look like//what you actually look like pic.twitter.com/x8j163q5CS
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) June 29, 2020
Ozark took a turn. https://t.co/8uI5n9tv0j
— Dr. Ian Karmel, Attorney at Law (@IanKarmel) June 29, 2020
— Benjamin Dreyer ?????????? (@BCDreyer) June 29, 2020
They compared them to characters from Quentin Tarantino-related movies, specifically Pulp Fiction’s Pumpkin and Honeybunny (Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer), and the titular Natural Born Killers, Mickey and Mallory (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis.)
Not gonna lie: Pumpkin and Honeybunny look like shit these days. pic.twitter.com/DrbqYFX51C
— Little Fury (@voidmeetsworld) June 29, 2020
Mickey and Mallory look like shit these days. pic.twitter.com/rOSuF6Znr5
— Mr. Butter Chicken (@MrButterChicken) June 29, 2020
Not sure about this new Tarantino. pic.twitter.com/Pwk7X5hQiD
— Schooley (@Rschooley) June 29, 2020
Who needs a Tarantino movie, though, when you’ve already got all the ingredients for a movie of your own?
Omg who did this?! ???? STL Ken and Karen pic.twitter.com/z7fSsjSvVh
— Daniel (@DailyLibber) June 29, 2020
Tom Arnold and Patricia Clarkson are like “Call my agent” pic.twitter.com/nPoyx10LgN
— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) June 29, 2020
People had a lot of other random ideas for who the couple resembled, as well.
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) June 29, 2020
This Mr. & Mrs. Smith sequel looks terrible pic.twitter.com/bMICfpmLX0
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) June 29, 2020
the NIMBYonese Liberation Army pic.twitter.com/0k4XnehSJ0
— biz malarkey???? (@uhshanti) June 29, 2020
someone who can draw please combine these pic.twitter.com/YaY2BBOByp
— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) June 29, 2020
Because time is a flat circle, though, and we appear to be stuck in a slightly mutating recursive loop, the couple ultimately reminded some Twitterers of one of the weekend’s previous Karens.
My wife, date night after 3+ months locked up on quarantine. Waiting for shredded cheese as it’s the only way she can eat fajitas. We’ve asked 4 people, going on 18 minutes now. Just unreal at Allen, TX location. We gotta quit blaming #COVID19 for crappy service. pic.twitter.com/GsDW3fDMBu
— kim caramele (@kimcaramele) June 29, 2020
When the Applebee’s server says there’s no Michelob Ultra left pic.twitter.com/UIrkHD6pzC
— Eric Renner Brown (@ericrennerbrown) June 29, 2020
Thankfully, the couple didn’t end up firing any shots, and the protesters continued their march unscathed. Considering that the President of the United States retweeted the ABC video of the couple, which could be interpreted as encouragement for pulling guns on protesters, there are bound to be more similar incidents soon. May they have no Karen casualties either.