Karens Would Like to Speak to the Media About This Whole Karen Thing
by Amy Kuperinsky
July 19, 2020
I discuss my much-maligned name.
Pictured above: One of my favorite Karens and favorite human beings.
Back in the day, Newsweek colleague Karen Springen and I didn't only twin with our names.
Here's the full story. My thoughts, in the excerpt below.
Karen Brailsford, the author of SACRED LANDSCAPES of the SOUL and mother of actress Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), wrote a tongue-in-cheek blog entry about the woes of her name becoming a negative term. 'I am now the member of another oppressed group: I am African American, left-handed and a woman — and my name is Karen,' she said in the post. 'It’s kind of a peculiar and funny thing,' Brailsford tells NJ Advance Media. 'Some of my best friends are white Karens and they hardly fit the stereotype. Though if you take offense, doesn’t it mean that you see yourself in that? If that Karen is so distant from who you are, you wouldn’t even really connect yourself to it, not seriously.'