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Does This Karen Really Deserve To Be Accused Of Being A Karen?

Is “I have a Black husband” the new Karen battle cry?

On Tuesday the line began trending on Twitter after video of an unidentified white woman screamed the line at a man she had a traffic dispute with and who claimed she used a racial slur against him.

The video which reached 8.9 million views shows an unidentified white woman being confronted by a man after a traffic incident.

The video was posted to Twitter by Karlos Dillard, an actor, author, and personality who has been featured on the Seattle site Cut, the reality show “Divorce Court,” and whose website says he is “More than just a viral video star.”  

In the video, Dillard confronts the woman and accuses her of cutting him off when they were on the road. Dillard claims that she raised her middle finger at him and later he accused her of using the N-word. He also claimed that she began following him but stopped when she realized that he was recording video of her on his phone. In retaliation, Dillard followed after the woman and confronted her outside of her home.

The video, which was taken in Seattle, follows Dillard as he confronts the woman and attempts to share video of her home and license plate. It also shows the woman screaming, covering her face, and attempting to block Dillard from sharing her license plate, claiming that she is in fear of him labeling her a Karen. Assuming this fear comes in light of the cancel culture around Karens.

“You don’t understand,” the woman yells throughout the video.

The video, which lasts two minutes, shows passersby trying to understand the situations.

Dillard, who has begun to sell shirts using the “I have a Black husband” line, posted the video to his Instagram stories and Twitter page.

In an interview with Insider, Dillard said that he and the woman were driving in a two-lane street that merged into one lane. When he merged ahead of her, she swerved in front of him and slammed on her brakes. Dillard claims that she then yelled at him through her car window. After he got ahead of the woman and turned right, she allegedly followed him.

Dillard said that after the woman continued to follow him, he got out of his car and confronted the woman. “She was angry, upset, screaming racial slurs, obscenities,” Dillard told Insider.

Dillard took out his phone to film the interaction and the woman drove away. “I just went into the general direction that her car drove. And I happened to literally drive right behind her,” Dillard said. When the woman pulled into her driveway, Dillard pulled up and continued filming.

Dillard’s video has sparked conversations about the culture of labeling people Karens and has been accused of being a professional attention seeker.

With Karen content taking over our news feeds and exposing white women for bad or racist behavior, it might be time to question ourselves about what qualifies a Karen. After all, so many of these videos are leading to real-world consequences with many of these “Karens’ being fired from jobs.

In this current case, users on Twitter have attempted to track Dillard’s alleged verbal attacker by using her license plate.

Dillard’s history of recent racist claims and attention-seeking motives are also coming into question.

As Newsweek reported, it’s not Dillard’s first time going viral for a video allegedly displaying racism. Last month, on May 28, Dillard accused an Asian restaurant worker on Twitter of using a racial slur when he went to pick up a Postmates delivery. At the time, Dillard accused the woman of being “racist” for asking to see his license to show that he was the correct Postmates driver. Similar to his current video, the person did not use a racial slur while being filmed.

Users on Twitter are accusing Dillard of being dishonest.

People have also been quick to point out Dillard’s voting record and previous behaviors on Cut. In 2017 Dillard admitted to voting for Donald Trump. Speaking to Insider, Dillard said that racism isn’t a bipartisan issue. “It doesn’t matter if I voted for Santa Claus yesterday,” he claimed. “So I really just think that it’s really fascinating to see that my character is being picked apart.” 

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This Insane Video of an Anti-Mask ‘Karen’ Screaming and Resisting Arrest in a Florida Bagel Shop is Going Viral

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This Insane Video of an Anti-Mask ‘Karen’ Screaming and Resisting Arrest in a Florida Bagel Shop is Going Viral

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Just when you think yo’ve seen all the Karen videos out there, one comes out of left field and blows them all out of the water.

The video we’re talking about here is the video of Cindy Falco-DiCorrado, a 62-year-old “anti-mask activist” who exemplifies the very definition of white privilege.

Falco-DiCorrado was arrested last Thursday at an Einstein Bagels location in Boca Raton, Florida. Luckily for the internet, Falco-DiCorrado had a camerawoman in tow to record the entire debacle leading up to the arrest.

The video starts in the middle of things, with an officer taking an unmasked Falco-DiCorrado by the arm, asking her to please step outside. It is immediately evident that the woman (who, by the way, is dressed in head-to-toe leopard print) will not be compliant.

Falco-DiCorrado begins raising her voice and screaming at the officer, shouting things like “Get your hands off of me! You are kidnapping me!” and “You are violating the Constitution! That’s discrimination!”

At one point, the unseen camerawoman who is recording the meltdown pans around the bagel shop to get a look at all of the spectators.

It appears that every customer in the shop, as well as the workers behind the counter, have taken their phones out to record the bizarre incident.

The Florida woman continues to struggle with the cop and scream things like “Get your hands off of me! I’ve done nothing wrong, I am not a criminal,” while accusing the police officer (who is Black) of “stealing her purse”.

The struggle continues until a second cop arrives and immediately decides to not handle the unhinged woman with kid gloves. The second cop immediately grabs her by the arm and, with the help of the other cop, proceeds to drag her out of the shop.

But the video doesn’t end there. As Falco-DiCorrado is dragged out of the shop, she continues to scream.

The officers proceed to arrest her while she struggles against them and screams: “Stop it! You cannot arrest me! I’ve done nothing illegal!”

The entire time she is being arrested she is visibly and enthusiastically resisting arrest.

Watching the video, one can’t help but wonder how the officers would have treated her if her skin was a different color.

The video was posted to the popular Instagram page @CrazyKarens where it quickly went viral.

Commentators were stunned by the entire interaction, writing things like: “They let her get away with way too much! They would’ve thrown a person of color right on the ground the minute he/she didn’t stand up.”

Another person said: “With all that resistance she didn’t get pepper spray, no taser, no knee to the neck, no punches and they even called her ‘ma’am'”.

According to officials, Falco-DiCorrado is facing charges of trespassing and resisting arrest without violence. All because she didn’t want to wear a mask.

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A Woman On TikTok Gave Her Followers Insight Into What It Feels Like To Be Paralyzed

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A Woman On TikTok Gave Her Followers Insight Into What It Feels Like To Be Paralyzed

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In 2009, the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported that almost 5.4 million people in the United States live with paralysis. Still, despite how common this is, few people understand the condition of paralysis and how it affects a person’s daily life. Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Tawil, of New Jersey, recently set out to explain the experience on TikTok last year.

Since her first post in November, the TikToker has garnered over 1 million followers with content that focuses on her experience of being paralyzed from the waist down.

In a post shared on her TikTok page, Tawil explained an exercise that might give people a chance to understand the sensation of being paraplegic.

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In a post shared on her TikTok page, Tawil shared an exercise with her followers that demonstrates how it feels to not be able to move a ligament. In this case, it’s your finger. According to Buzzfeed, Tawil came across the exercise after looking through posts related to disabilities. “I remember feeling so blown away because my legs felt the exact same way as my finger did,” she said.

“Not many people know too much about paraplegics and their capabilities, so I wanted to be that light to inform, educate, and even entertain people,” Tawil explained to BuzzFeed. “I want people to know what it’s like to be paralyzed … so that they can be a little bit more appreciative of what they have and remain humble.”

Tawil’s video demonstration currently has over 12 million views.

Tawil explained that a kidnapping and car accident led to her paralysis when she was in her teens.

Tawil explained that the accident took place on Nov. 15, 2014, when she went to a friend’s house in high school. When she arrived, Tawil discovered that men were present and instantly felt uncomfortable when she further learned that they had brought drugs and alcohol.

“When I eventually asked them to take me home, they took me to an abandoned road instead. When we got to this road, the driver stopped the car and put his foot on the gas and brake at the same time, doing a burnout with his wheels. He lost control of the car and crashed into a tree,” Tawil explained. “It was at this moment that I got whiplash, split my head open to the point where my skull was exposed, and sustained a spinal cord injury — leaving me paralyzed the moment we crashed,” she said. “Paramedics said that I lost the equivalence of a ‘Coca-Cola bottle of blood’ out of my head, and didn’t think I’d make it if they drove me to the hospital. So they drove me to a nearby soccer field where a helicopter airlifted me to the ICU. From there on, I went through seven months of rehab and remained permanently paralyzed and wheelchair-bound.”

Speaking about her injury, Tawil says she was “robbed of my ability to use the bathroom normally (I depend on catheters and enemas).”

Sadly Tawil says her experience led to her reclusiveness and weariness to trust others. Still, she finds that her disability comes with positives. “On the positive side, I have become a lot more spiritual and grateful to have been given another chance at life,” she told BuzzFeed. “My accident has emphasized the fact that we are not promised tomorrow, and that we should always be grateful for the simplest things in life… I also want to show people how I live my life in the present day — what is life like as a wheelchair user? — and devote my channel to being a blog where people can get to know me on a lot more of a personal level.”

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