I have been thinking about what kind of memes to do, when I have time I’ll do a meme about how I have been thinking and how I could do a meme about something else (lets say “I like doin’ memes” and if someone does a meme about this, I’ll do another one about it and so on).
The first video I ever made was a 1:50-long (smooth motion) parody of the song, “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea. I’m not really a music person, nor am I a tech person, but I learned to be a tech person anyway. So, for those of you who’ve been following me for a while (I’m old, I know), you’d know that the tech side of me is pretty boring.
As the name suggests, this is a spinoff of a few memes for which I have created spinoffs. It’s not super deep, is probably more boring than anything, but is probably more entertaining than anything.
A prejudiced lady makes it her personal goal to evict the new Black family that has just moved into the neighborhood, but they will fight back.
Karen (typically a middle-aged racist white woman who isn’t afraid to demand the presence of a manager whenever she is inconvenienced) is probably one of the few tantalizing prospects among all the memes to be badly spun into a movie. There’s a potential to blend social commentary and humour into a fun product. Unfortunately, writer/director Coke Daniels has no clue what to do with the material, bouncing from one narrative to the next without ever fully using the potential of an on-screen Karen. There are many faults to point up here, but Karen’s disinterest is the most noticeable.
Cory Hardrict and Jasmine Burke portray Malik and Imani, a proud Black couple who have just relocated into a mostly white suburban community. Malik and Imani want to move near to Atlanta so that Malik can start operating his community center, which happens to be next door to Karen Drexler’s house—played by Taryn Manning, who lacks the drive and passion to bring this character’s nastiness to life.
The plot is simple: Karen is a bigot who does not want Malik and Imani to live in her neighborhood and would go to any extent to force them out, including enlisting the assistance of her racist police officer brother Mike (Roger Dorman). In retaliation, the targeted Black lovers seek the help of Gregory Alan Williams, who plays a civil rights attorney.
Karen will go from attempting to seduce Malik presumably to break up their marriage to sticking her nose into their lives (ammunition to use against them given she is the president of the HOA), hunkering down on security cameras, having Black customers booted out of eateries, and appearing to be in fear when questioned, as Coke Daniels has no idea what to do with that concept.
Try again if you were expecting any of those instances to be amusing or satirical. It cannot be overstated how lifeless everything seems. Karen does this, for example, when she stops a house party to play the “all lives matter” card.
Furthermore, the main Black characters are badly written, often emphasizing Black pride and accomplishments but with android-like mannerisms and delivery. Imani refers to Malik as her “awake warrior” at one point, which sounds like something out of a social media post. In a film that takes a dark third act turn (white supremacist police are involved, what else would you expect? ), the lived-in believability of these individuals to explain such extremes is missing. In the end, it’s meaningless, opportunistic garbage, which isn’t any better than the two-thirds effort at parody that came before it.
More perplexingly, Coke Daniels decided to follow Karen for such a long time that there seems to be some confused message where he does see Karen as a tragic antihero. There’s an effort to explain why Karen is racist (the most improbable reasoning imaginable, and nothing like as startling as a broken real-life Liam Neeson before dealing with Black hate), as well as enough of her point of view in a tough position to make you question why. The film is also ambiguous in terms of time and place, as individuals debate the present global health crisis, yet no one is wearing a mask.
Imani encounters Karen’s kid outside one morning, who has none of her mother’s biased tendencies and offers to help put the trash back in the bin. When the elementary-aged daughter confesses that she loves a man but is scared to inform her mother since he is black, they instantly begin a connection.
Consider what these kids must go through and listen to while living with such a nasty lady (Karen also has a basketball-playing teenage son, but each of them is only seen briefly since this film is a dumpster fire with no idea what it wants to accomplish). Also, out of a total of 90 minutes, it is just two minutes. Karen is a complete waste of time, and you don’t need your employer to tell you so.
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