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‘Calm A Karen Down’ hashtag offers memes but few helpful suggestions

So, how do you do it?

Jun 30, 2020, 3:25 pm

Internet Culture

Siobhan Ball 

Siobhan Ball

With lockdown measures in place, outbreaks of Karen-ing are also on the rise. Fortunately, Twitter is here to help, with the viral hashtag #CalmAKarenDown full of tips on what to do when an angry wealthy white lady starts screaming about managers or realizes the whole world doesn’t revolve around her after all.

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"Be afraid be very afraid! Nobody is going to make Karen wear a mask like some sex slave commie! 🦝   #CalmAKarenDown 😷#WearYourMaskFL 🦠#WearADamnMask 🧼" image of a Karen style American girl doll with the tag 'she's an independant thinker who refuses to wear a mask in public places"
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"Better find a way to #CalmAKarenDown, because we all know what happened to the OG Karen back in 1939" Gif of Mrs Gulch from wizard of Oz cycling
@noodlez56
"Beware of wild Karens! Warning sign" over screenshot of post where woman asks how she can stop local school children calling her Karen and mocking her 'chic' hair
@Circe817
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Started by hashtag gamers @Radstags, #CalmAKarenDown seems to have been the hashtag game the internet was waiting for because there are just so many suggestions.

Hi!  Let's play #CalmAKarenDown!  It seems like Karens are more upset than usual lately. Tell us what's the best way to deescalate or at least, soothe a Karen until she goes away.  With your pal, Rad👋
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#CalmAKarenDown Karens have been known to become quite aggressive when confronted with a reality they think they do not deserve.For Effective Karen Management offer her something for free that she already feels entitled to: Nutella or White Claw.
"#CalmAKarenDown just spray some essentials oils" over image of an oil diffuser
@lovelycactus
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Some were pessimistic.

Can you really #CalmAKarenDown
@DiffordKim

However others were convinced that with the right pharmaceutical interventions Karen will calm right down.

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Not sure how to #CalmAKarenDown as I’m pretty sure she has a high Valium tolerance.
@supereeves_
It takes a lot of Xanax to #CalmAKarenDown
@MsJadeDreamer
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With boxed wine featuring as a popular alternative.

#CalmAKarenDown hand her a box of wine
@ishotpuffy
#CalmAKarenDown give her a box of cheap wine and a straw.
@LordNishar
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Throw that bitch her boxed wine  #CalmAKarenDown
@SAvacelle

Some experts say we only have to wait until pumpkin spice season in autumn and their behavior will calm right down.

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#CalmAKarenDown  ☕️☕️BREAKING:☕️☕️  We may see a reduction in aggressive behaviors associated with Karen’s as early as Fall, researchers say.   #psl #pumpkinspice

While others were focused on producing helpful guides to the different subtypes and life stages of Karen’s you might find in the wild.

"Pick one #CalmAKarenDown" Images of white women at different ages with different names
@HilltopHaven36
"Let's not forget that there are levels to this sh*t. #CalmAKarenDown" Gif of women with Karen hair cuts at different ages assigning them levels from 1 to 50
@420_plugin

Some Twitter users were disappointed as they’d been hoping for more practical suggestions on Karen wrangling in the wild.

I was so fucking hopeful for this hashtag, thought mfs was gon show me how to survive these encounters #CalmAKarenDown
@drdoofenshmirtz

But honestly, the memes were pretty good so it all evens out.

"#CalmAKarenDown ... or don’t." a cartoon drawing of Karen calling 911 on people for being black, then daring them to put it online, then crying at the response
@everbodyzzmama
"Just release her. #CalmAKarenDown" over picture of a Kraken wearing a Karen wig
@LiveDerekChu
"The only real way to #CalmAKarenDown is to open school again. They're struggling with having to raise their own kids. 🤣" gif of Will and Grace's Karen holding boxed wine and saying "look I brought juice boxes"

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*First Published: Jun 30, 2020, 3:25 pm