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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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