You know how when your dog gets to go out all the time, say he's got a fence-in yard to run around in all day, it becomes no big deal to them? But if he's been cooped up all day, you'll no sooner be reaching for the leash before he's scratching at the door and going nuts? And when you get him outside he's practically pulling your arm out of the socket tugging at the leash? That's what the inactivity and isolation does to them. And it seems like over the two months some places have been in lockdown, the same thing has been happening with our ever-growing population of angry, shrill, entitled, un-selfaware white ladies.Now that the restrictions are being lifted and they're interacting with the human race again, it seems like they're going Full Karen in a way that seemed unimaginable back in early march.
Consider this one, in Central Park over the weekend:
Daily Mail - A white woman called the cops and told them an African-American man was threatening her life after he simply asked her to put her dog on a leash in Central Park on Monday.
Amy Cooper, 41, has since apologized and has been placed on administrative leave from her job as head of insurance investment solutions at Franklin Templeton after the confrontation with bird watcher Christian Cooper, 57, in the wooded area known as The Ramble.
She also returned her dog Henry to a rescue shelter after viewers said she looked like she was choking him by dragging him by his collar. ...
'I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family,' she told NBC New York. 'It was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologize to everyone who’s seen that video, everyone that’s been offended … everyone who thinks of me in a lower light and I understand why they do." ...
It begins with Cooper, nicknamed 'Central Park Karen' by social media users, stroking her rescue pet Henry then marching toward the camera, demanding: 'Please stop, sir I'm asking you to stop.'
Christian, who does not appear on camera, claimed in a Facebook post that he alerted her to signs that states dogs cannot be walked in The Ramble without a leash as it's an area that protects wildlife. ...
Christian explained in a Facebook post that he replied: 'All you have to do is take him to the other side of the drive, outside The Ramble, and you can let him run off leash all you want.'
She replied: 'It's too dangerous.' ...
In the clip he responds: 'Please don't come close to me' several times as the woman asks him to stop filming then tells him she's calling the cops.
When Christian invites her to 'please call the cops', she responds, 'I'm going to tell them there's an African-American man threatening my life.'
Christian responds to the dog owner: 'Please tell them whatever you like.'
She is then heard saying: 'I'm in The Ramble and an African-American man with a bicycle helmet, he is recording me and threatening my dog.' ... then she suddenly sounds hysterical.
'I'm sorry I can't hear,' she cries. 'I'm being threatened by a man in The Ramble, please send the cops immediately.'
As a general rule, I am not a fan of the homemade, Gotcha Journalism that comes into play anytime you stick your phone in someone's face and start recording. More often than not, it's used a snitch culture device by meddling, judgmental people like our girl Amy Cooper here. But there are exceptions when it's more than justified, to prove your side of the story and make it so people can't get away with accusing you of all sorts of nasty, threatening behavior. And this is just such a case. Good for Christian Cooper that he exposed this nutter for what she is.
What I absolutely don't get is how people can allow themselves to go off the rails once they know thumb has met "record" button. There was a time not that long ago that the only times you had to be on good behavior was when you were at a public event and it was televised. Like sitting behind home plate at a ballgame, say. Then and only then did you need to be aware eyes were on you. Don't be an asshole. Don't pick your nose. Don't be at the game with a sidepiece. Other than that, be the worst version of yourself you want to be, and just deny it later.
Now everyone has an Eyewitness News camera crew in their pocket and a much bigger audience than a local newscast. And still people like this don't know how to react when the camera goes on. Which is to do and say nothing. Provide the most useless, boring video ever recorded so they're deleting it within minutes. She just gets more hysterical and racist as the video goes on, like she's not going to be instantly infamous. How can someone this irrational ever make it to the age of 41, never mind working for a respected investment firm?
I would've liked to think this wasn't racist so much as she's an equal opportunity asshole who treats everyone like shit. But when she brings race into the discussion - because ... what? She's worried about the threat level posed by middle aged, bike riding bird watchers? - there can only be one assumption. And she didn't exactly earn a lot of benefit of the doubt. Especially given that as Christian Cooper remains calm and reasonable, she shrieks louder and chokes her poor dog that much harder. Rather than ... oh, I don't know ... simply have him on the leash in the fucking place where you're required to have him on a fucking leash.
The bottom line is that I'm not into Call Out Culture. But there are times when it is justified so we can keep tabs on these gawdawful people and protect ourselves from them. That said, apology accepted, Amy.
P.S. It's just a damned shame Amy and Christian didn't realize they're both named Cooper. Then maybe they could've been friends like in "Batman v. Superman" when they realize their mothers are both named Martha. Unfortunately, we don't live in that world.