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Horror flick “Karen” already causing backlash as a “Jordan Peele-knockoff” after new trailer drops

Horror flick “Karen” already causing backlash as a “Jordan Peele-knockoff” after new trailer drops

Taryn Manning stars as Karen – a neighborhood busybody who is a little too interested in her new neighbors

By Kylie Cheung
Published June 22, 2021 8:11PM (EDT)

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If imitation is the highest form of flattery, the forthcoming horror flick “Karen” might as well be an ode to the legendary storyteller Jordan Peele. And yet, for fans of Peele, at least, and much of the internet, aisle the Coke Daniels-directed film is more upsetting than flattering.

Per IMDb, “Karen” is the story of “a racist, entitled white woman in the South” who “terrorizes her new Black neighbors,” which doesn’t actually sound all that fictional. Said “racist, entitled white woman” is, unsurprisingly named Karen, and played by Taryn Manning of “Orange is the New Black” fame.

Following the release of a second trailer for the movie on Monday, many are comparing the movie to Peele’s critically acclaimed horror film, “Get Out” — but not in a good way. Like “Get Out,” “Karen” is very clearly a movie about white supremacist violence targeting Black people – but it doesn’t appear to carry the same nuanced commentary and depth, simply portraying more white violence for the sake of shock and outrage.

Similar criticisms have recently been made of Amazon’s “Them,” an anthology series that will explore the horrors of racial terrorism, and in its first season, shows repeated, graphic violence enacted upon a Black family and other Black characters for no real purpose except, presumably, to tell people that racism was and is real and bad. Continue reading Horror flick “Karen” already causing backlash as a “Jordan Peele-knockoff” after new trailer drops