Why Karen?

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Whatever Karen: Selfie of Elizabeth Sobieski as The Masked Hatter

My name is not Karen, although as a child I did harbor a desire for a name shorter and snappier than Elizabeth. (I later decided that my name is the best name because Elizabeth has more derivatives, more short and snappy nicknames, than any other.) I guess I do have a thing about names.

I don’t understand how or why Karen became the generic nomenclature given to nasty racist…




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Elizabeth Sobieski

Elizabeth Sobieski

Elizabeth Sobieski, @TheMaskedHatter on Instagram, has written for various publications and is the author of “The Masked Hatter-Pandemic Style.”

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