Karen Generation

Karen Generation

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Updated Dec 04, 2019 at 10:13AM EST by Y F.

Added Nov 18, 2019 at 01:43PM EST by Adam.

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Karen Generation is a slang term for Generation X that grew popular amidst the generational conflict surrounding the OK Boomer meme as online commenters noted that those who would be a typical Karen would likely be born between 1965 and 1985, the years that are roughly the time period of Generation X. The term generated much more commentary after BuzzFeed published an article claiming "Gen Z Is Now Calling Gen X The 'Karen Generation.'"

Origin

Talk equating Generation X to "Karens" began in early November of 2019. On November 5th, Twitter user @andiebee_[1] tweeted "i live for the “ok boomer” meme but i dont think yall realize that the last boomer was born in 1964. karens are gen x."


andie @andiebee_ i live for the "ok boomer" meme but i dont think yall realize that the last boomer was born in 1964. karens are gen X Twitter for iPhone 9:22 AM Nov 5, 2019

Spread

On November 14th, BuzzFeed[2] posted an article claiming how Generation Z was calling Generation X the "Karen" generation. For evidence, reporter Lauren Strapagiel pointed to some tweets that had not gained much spread and the comments on a TikTok video by @nola_thot[3] about the generational conflicts, many of which stated Gen X had Karens (shown below).


skyhasissues ok but gen x has the karen's i don think there's 17.0K any help to be had 23h attempting_alice But gen x is kind of the Karen generation if I'm 9572 being honest 22h charltonharley Gen X lives by a code. And that code is "Wasn't 6126 me" 19h x.mirage.x Gen x over here like: 1d 3715 kisses.gif gen x is full of karens.. they're not saving 4084 anyone :/ 1d moistflesh gen x are just out here yelling at fast food and retail employees 16h 2453

After the BuzzFeed post, however, the idea of Generation X as the "Karen" generation began gaining more traction. A screenshot of the article was posted to /r/FuckYouKaren,[4] gaining over 19,000 points (shown below, left). Twitter user @DeliaCai tweeted the article, gaining over 70 retweets and 420 likes (shown below, right). The article led other blogs to pick up the story, including Goat.com.[5] On The Outline,[6] Zachary Lipez chimed in on the situation saying teens should be roasting Gen-Xers over Boomers.[6]


Gen Z Is Calling Gen X The "Karen Generation" BuzzFeed News Lauren Strapagiel 5 hours ago Delia Cai @delia_cai first they came for the boomers and i said nothing... Bippl Gen Z Is Calling Gen X The "Karen Generation" "They're usually racist, homophobic, and transphobic, don't believe in vaccines or climate change, and are mostly also the parents of Gen Z children." &buzzfeednews.com

Various Examples


Nutt_eater_inc. @nuteaterincorp Baby boomers ok boomer. Gen x Karen = Millenials ok liberal. Gen z ok edgelord. Translate Tweet 4:02 PM Nov 9, 2019 Twitter for Android kt but festive @ktatochip a generation breakdown for anyone who is still confused: 1946-1964: boomers 1965-1980: gen x (karens) 1981-1997: millennials (broke) 1998-2015: gen z (the kids are alright) 4:47 PM Nov 14, 2019 Twitter Web App David Cornelius @david_cornelius Gen X is known for its ironic detachment and hip nihilism. We consider ourselves the cool ones. But let's also admit a dirty truth Almost all Karens are Xers. (I blame The Rachel.) 12:49 AM- Nov 11, 2019 Twitter for Android Sean Tuffy @SMTuffy Gen Z: You're the Karen generation Gen X: Meh, whatever Gen Z: DID YOU NOT HEAR US! Gen X: <lights c--------> look man, we didn't spend our whole lives not caring about anything to get worked up over this petty nonsense. So, let us know when you get this out of your system 3:58 PM Nov 15, 2019 Twitter for iPhone Boomers Millennials GEN X Gen Z Elamin Abdelmahmoud @elamin88 V excited for Gen Xers to get mad about this. GLE Gen Z Is Calling Gen X The "Karen Generation" "They're usually racist, homophobic, and transphobic, don't believe in vaccines or climate change, and are mostly also the parents of Gen Z children." buzzfeednews.com 1:31 PM Nov 14, 2019 Twitter Web App >

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H.UNgrammar
H.UNgrammar

First they pointed at the boomers.
Then they pointed at the x-gen as a "karen generation".
A few weeks later they took their rage on the millenials.
Later when nobody left to blame they realized how they weren't better than the rest of.

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