A woman yells into a microphone in a parking lot.


‘Obviously you don’t care about your health’: ‘PetSmart Karen’ fat-shames customers with megaphone

'Look at you.'

Apr 7, 2021, 11:54 am*



Kahron Spearman

A viral TikTok video shows a woman dubbed “PetSmart Karen” yelling through a megaphone and fat-shaming a woman in a parking lot in Southern California.

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The video was first recorded and posted by Michael Steven Hinojosa (@freshfukka) as he watched the woman with a bullhorn in the PetSmart parking lot. Hinojosa says the woman is Shiva Bagheri, a dance studio owner and vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump.

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“Why don’t you triple mask, lady, and why don’t you take every single one of those vaccines?” the so-called “PetSmart Karen” says. “Obviously you don’t care about your health. Look at you.”

In the overlay, Hinojosa says Bagheri holds anti-mask, anti-vaccine flash mobs to overrun stores. He also says she “is part of the Black Lives Don’t Matter movement.”

Bagheri did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.

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A video posted to YouTube in October shows Bagheri at a pro-Trump rally. In the video, Bagheri says Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in March 2020, was a “thug” and “criminal” and had a “dead body in one of her rental cars.”

A Black woman in the video states correctly that Taylor had no criminal record.

Another video shows Bagheri leading a “Beverly Hills Freedom Rally,” which she founded. In an interview, she pushes right-wing conspiracy theories and says Democrats are “destroying the Constitution.”

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Following the video, Twitter users mocked “PetSmart Karen” for carrying a megaphone. “Obviously this is something she does on a regular basis,” one user wrote sarcastically, “because she is important and must be heard!”


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*First Published: Apr 5, 2021, 4:59 pm