Ken And Karen


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If you’re on social media, that’s probably how you became aware of this story.

This story started because St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson publicized the names and addresses of her constituents who had written to her about defunding the police department during a Facebook Live stream. Protesters were on their way to her house, in a rich and snooty neighborhood, to let her know how they felt about that. Along the way, they encountered this charming couple.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who are personal injury lawyers, went out onto their lawn to point weapons at the protesters as they passed by. They were identified by St. Louis Today because, in 2018, they were featured in St. Louis Magazine about finishing renovations to their midwestern palazzo. What the fuck is a palazzo?

I don’t like to get my news from social media, but I will follow a tip. I wanted to know the entire scoop on this. How did I Google search? Did I type, “St. Louis assholes with guns?” Did I type, “St. Louis Snobby McSnobbersons?” Did I type, “Entitled jerkwad couple point guns at protesters?” Did I type, “shoeless racist gun nuts?” Nope.

I typed and searched for “Ken and Karen.” Bingo!

What’s a Ken and Karen? Ken is a male Karen. What’s a Karen? I’m glad you asked.

A Karen is a pejorative term for an older privileged obnoxious entitled woman who demands to get her way. The Urban Dictionary describes it as “rude, obnoxious and insufferable middle-aged white women.” A male of this species is often referred to as a “Ken” or a “male Karen.” “Man Karen” works too.

I know three Karens. I’m not sure about one of them but two are definitely NOT Karens. One is a fabulous musician who has released a couple of albums and whose first performance at SXSW was ruined by the coronavirus. She’s definitely NOT a Karen. The other is like a sister to me, thinks like I do on just about everything with politics, and she’s also not white. Well, maybe a little white. She’s all mixed up. She’s NOT a Karen.

But this pair of Karens in St. Louis are Karens. How entitled are these racist mansion dwellers? They were able to point loaded weapons at peaceful protesters and not be charged. In fact, a police report was filed because the protesters are accused of breaking through a gate and walking down a private street, and in this report, the two Karens are listed as…wait for it…victims.

How are they victims? Because a bunch of black people walked in front of their snooty-ass house? Oh no! Black people! Get the guns. Don’t bother putting on shoes….and yes, Rambo would wear a pink shirt, but tuck it in. Get out there and point!

Fuck the Karens.

In fact, there aren’t any reports of any homes being vandalized along the way. So why were the Karens justified to stand on their lawn, not just with weapons, but pointing them at human beings who were merely walking past their house? Oh yeah. Those human beings were black. If Ken and Karen have any black friends, I hope they never shoot them.

There was a protest in my town over the weekend. A couple of them actually…in support of the police. Shockingly enough, it was almost entirely white. The police didn’t obstruct these protesters. They didn’t follow them waiting for them to do something bad. They didn’t teargas them. They worked to protect those protesters. They worked to guard a bunch of Karens.

Yes, systemic racism is real. Yes, white privilege is a thing.

How can you tell if you’re a Karen? Are you a rich and entitled white asshole? Are you a non-rich entitled white asshole? Do you not believe in systemic racism? Can you protest against Black Lives Matter and get special treatment from cops? Can you stand in front of your mansion and point guns at peaceful black people without any repercussions?

Also, you may be a Karen if you own a palazzo, whatever the fuck that is.

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15 comments

  1. I hope you won’t call me a Karen for knowing what a Palazzo is. As I understand its a 1st floor apartment in an old building in a ancient Italian city. The 1st floor would have been where the rich people lived, I’m guessing that’s where we get the word palace.
    My question is what the fluff is a Midwestern Palazzo?!?!

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  2. Oh good grief, I TOTALLY understand the ‘naming’ of white privilege assholes…I really do. But, maybe we just name them their real names. Like Racist Mark & Racist Patricia…seems like the name calling is putting all Karens in that bad group. I know who I am, I would never be called racist…I live in Mexico for the past 8 years, I am from NY, brought up in Archie Bunkers House (my father). I got as far away from him and his views by moving to California in the early 80’s , never to live in the east again. I recently wrote my view of my racist family and upbringing…it was very uncomfortable, but that discomfort has to be talked about and realized and corrected in all of us (if you grew up with racism). I still am in disbelief that people are so racially charged, like Racist Mark & Racist Patricia. I am saddened by the world…but, we need to have Change and keep the conversation and more than that ‘actions’ alive and VOTE to change the ‘system’…

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      1. Great comment! And Ivanka has white privilege as well, so there’s another plus for you, and daddy’s a real racist too! Double Plus!

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  3. On social media a gentleman discussed the Delmar Divide in St. Louis where the crypt keepers Mark and Patricia McCloskey live in their Mausoleum style palazzo. For detailed information on the Delmar Divide look it up on wikipedia. Basically it is an east west street that segregates. North is industrial and low income, south is wealthy (where the cemetery style lawns and crypt keepers Mark and Patricia reside). The mayor that outed protesters lives in Mark and Patricia’s gated cemetery grounds. The protesters walked past “Bonnie and Clyde” to get to the mayor’s house. There are “No Trespassing Signs” but if you don’t read them then it is okay to trespass. “No testing no covid” rules in play now all over America (set by trump). There used to be right and wrong but things are different today. It is a free for all and there is no better place to play than Missouri. We make up the rules as we go and generally who ever has the most money makes the rules. I watched the video posts of the protesters walking by this mausoleum style residence. Some were American veterans of the Afghanistan conflict and it sounded like they were experienced in combat. I don’t know what Ken and Karen’s combat experience is but what they did was pretty stupid. And once again they reinforced the nation wide stereotype of Missouri, Missourians and redneck hillbillies only this time the money white privilege inbred brand.

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  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Thank you for this post … the full story is here!! … “This story started because St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson publicized the names and addresses of her constituents who had written to her about defunding the police department during a Facebook Live stream. Protesters were on their way to her house, in a rich and snooty neighborhood, to let her know how they felt about that. Along the way, they encountered this charming couple.
    Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who are personal injury lawyers, went out onto their lawn to point weapons at the protesters as they passed by. They were identified by St. Louis Today because, in 2018, they were featured in St. Louis Magazine about finishing renovations to their midwestern palazzo. What the fuck is a palazzo?” .. got it!!

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  5. So, Ken and Karen definitely check the boxes for Hillbilly Rednecks:
    1. Doesn’t wear shoes
    2. Points loaded guns at people

    Of course, a “Real Man” wears Jackboots while pointing a loaded gun at people.

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      1. jack·boot
        /ˈjakˌbo͞ot/

        noun
        noun: jackboot; plural noun: jackboots
        1. a large leather military boot reaching to the knee.
        2. used as a symbol of cruel or authoritarian behavior or rule.”a country under the jackboot of colonialism”

        https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-m&sxsrf=ALeKk03ywUtcOKQw6xl4i4bCvdDgrtVwYQ:1593588453468&q=Dictionary&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAONQesSoyi3w8sc9YSmZSWtOXmMU4-LzL0jNc8lMLsnMz0ssqrRiUWJKzeNZxMqFEAMA7_QXqzcAAAA&zx=1593588642613#dobs=jackboot

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      2. I’m going to answer my own question: I Googled “Jackboots” and discovered that they are a type of hand made German WWI and WWII boot that goes up to the calf, but can go up to the knee; but more importantly has metal hob nails on it and a metal half ring along the heel for extra heel protection. The helps for soldiering on all types of ground.

        I also read that the meaner Germans used the metal parts of their boots to hurt others, by kicking them with the heels of their boots!

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