Who says only superheroes can have their own action figures?
The Karen of the world can rejoice as their hard-to-digest character now comes in toy form.
The name K has been co-opted to call out many socio-cultural faux pas of “white lady with a bone to choose from” online, prompting slang bashings like “Calm down, Karen”.
The Karens often demand to “talk to the manager” and to act beyond what is normal.
Pennsylvania-based toy company Namespace has unveiled plans to produce tongue-in-cheek 3¾-inch action figures depicting the world’s problematic Karens.
Additionally, the action figure will come with an overworked “Joe the Manager” action figure so the bobbed action figure can hurl insults.
“We’re looking for fun even in uncertain times like these,” said Matt Jacquot, Namespace’s Director of Sales. “And with these two characters, we want to encourage positive change and even foster a little more tolerance.”
The company enlisted a freelance Ukrainian designer, Denys Samboval, to bring this much despised character to life.
“I draw inspiration from everyday life,” Samboval said of the project, adding, “We’ve all seen Karens or Joes in the news or in our daily lives, so it was easy to relate to this project.”
Namespace hopes to raise $30,000 from fundraising platform Kickstarter to secure funding for the production of the action figures, which will retail for $18 a pop.
So far, just over $200 has been raised.
“Ultimately, for us, these two characters embody qualities that we can all be guilty of, and so they can help us keep our inner Karens and Joes in check,” Namespace said in a statement.
“We are all equal, and rather than shouting that the rules don’t apply to us, or sighing when people treat us like doormats, we could all have fun while being more patient, tolerant and tolerant of each other.”
“Karen” has become a social media shorthand referring to a loud, not-so-blissfully ignorant, middle-aged white woman.
The most infamous “Karen” of recent times is Amy Cooper, a white woman who called the police on black birder Christian Cooper when the two got into a disagreement in the Ramble in Central Park while walking her dog. She “pulled the pin on the running grenade,” according to Christian Cooper.
When Mr. Cooper asked her to leash her dog, “Karen” quickly told authorities that an “African American man was threatening my life”, while appearing to accidentally strangle her dog.
After the video racked up millions of views, “Dog Park Karen” was fired from her job at an investment firm, temporarily forced to surrender her dog, and charged with one count of falsely reporting a third degree incident. The viral clip also spawned new hate crime legislation.
New York Post