There’s a Support Group in Grand Rapids For People Named ‘Karen’
In the last couple of years the name 'Karen' has gotten a bad rep. It was so bad that last year someone even made a Karen Halloween mask and it had the hair and angry face to go along with it. If you're kind of out of the loop as to what the name 'Karen' signifies, here's a definition from urban dictionary:
Middle aged woman, typically blonde, makes solutions to others' problems an inconvenience to her although she isn't even remotely affected.
The most common phrase that comes out of a Karen's mouth is "let me speak to your manager" and she usually has a haircut that resembles Kate Gosselin from her "Kate Plus 8" Days.
While the whole concept is pretty funny, and has spurred a bunch of memes, there are people named Karen who don't fit the description but still get judged, and that includes ladies here in West Michigan.
A local "Karen" named Caren Robinson says she wants to bring positivity to the name so she has started what essentially is a support group for other Karens called "Karens for the Community." Caren told WZZM
it’s important to unite and encourage a culture of compassion that supports all human beings regardless of what their name is.
She said the idea came to her after she was out to eat and she did in fact ask for the manager and then her son accused her of being a "Karen."
Currently the community lives on Facebook as a private group that you can request to join and all spelling variations of Karen's are welcome. The objective of the group is build empowerment for those who support and look out for their community, even if does involve having to ask for a manger. The description from Facebook says,
In this group we are NOT the "Karen's" of the world that seek to lie, cause divisiveness, or perpetrate hate against our fellow human beings due to any differences we may have.
Since my name isn't Karen I can't get into this group, but if you happen to be named Karen click the "join group" button and let us know what the group is all about, and if you share memes.