“2020 is the year of KAREN! Scare all your friends with your big hair and narrow mind, ”Adcock wrote in an Instagram post in August.
The name “Karen” has become an umbrella term used to refer to empowered white women who use their privilege to demand special treatment and complain about trivial matters, such as when they ask to “speak to the director” or refuse to wear masks. in public. during the pandemic.
In 2020, the term exploded after several racist incidents in the United States in which white women used their privilege against blacks. For example, the case of Amy Cooper, a white woman who unnecessarily called the police on a black man in New York City in May after asking him to put her dog on a leash.
Adcock told Good Morning America that he designed the mask after seeing a number of recent incidents in the news involving “Karen’s” behavior.
“I’ve kind of seen ‘Karens’ in the wild all my life, and I just thought it would be a little funny to do on Halloween, and I didn’t think it would really take off,” he said. declared to the program on Tuesday.
“’Karen’ is transcendent of all kinds and sizes. She’s like a modern day tyrant. Anyone who is evil can be a Karen. ”
And while the Los Angeles-based artist may not have expected his design to “take off,” that’s exactly what happened.
Adcock has already sold nearly 70 of his homemade latex “Karen” masks for $ 180 each, according to his Etsy page.
He even created a second version of the “Karen” mask called “KAREN-19”, which features unhealthy pallor and boils to represent the fictitious result of those “Karens” who refused to wear a mask during the pandemic.
In an update on Facebook on Wednesday, the artist announced that his “Karen” masks are sold out and that he will let me know if “things change.”
While the mask may appeal to those looking for a timely pop culture costume this year, there are also plenty of others who have taken offense.
Adcock’s social media pages have been inundated with user comments accusing him of designing a ‘racist’ mask against white women.
Supporters of the artist retorted that only “Karens” would be outraged by a Halloween mask.
It’s a perspective Adcock shares and hopes others will realize when they see his design as well.
“Take it for what it is: a funny Halloween mask. I’m not here to ruin anybody’s day. I’m just trying to make people laugh, ”he says.