The name “Karen” is definitely a pejorative for a certain kind of woman who complains as quickly as she breathes. But the Internet is nothing if not chaotic. Right now, one of the reviled Karens has risen to hero status on Twitter and TikTok. She is Karen Durant, the middle-aged white lady in capris and loafers doing a behind the back crossover move and a left-handed layup in what looks like someone else’s backyard.
The video was originally posted by @prezzyprezz on TikTok. It shows a teen boy trying to run defense on this lady and her moves. She’s not particularly quick or stylish or even athletic in her maneuvers—she just has a lot of skill and that’s all it takes to sink the ball. The videographer shouts, “Buckets!”
And then Karen Durant wanders off across the lawn, going to school yet more teens on how to put it in the hoop. People were already sharing the clip, but the nickname really caught on when Twitter user @slicktweets shared it along with a bunch of other women’s names combined with those of NBA players, like Stacey Mcgrady, Lucy Doncic, LauRen James, Stephanie Curry, Kristina Paul, and Paulina George.
Karen Durant. Stacey Mcgrady. Lucy Doncic. LauRen James. Stephanie Curry. Kristina Paul. Paulina George. pic.twitter.com/ZqfYPxOn4D
— Bobby Axelrod (@SlickTweets_) May 10, 2020
And as quickly as people have turned against the Karens, they have started supporting this one.
She has become their new queen and their new meme. Here’s are some of the best jokes about Karen Durant and her cute mom sunglasses.
my therapist: Karen Durant isn’t real, she can’t hurt you.
Karen Durant: pic.twitter.com/1FEPYHbHbl
— bonk (@ThePatP) May 10, 2020
“why is karen durant trending??”
[plays the video] pic.twitter.com/7gBV09KzRa
— Sean Yoo (@SeanYoo) May 10, 2020
Everyone’s gangsta until Karen Durant pulls up pic.twitter.com/nZ2o0F0lV3
— (@PlayoffCeltics) May 10, 2020
They call her Karen Durant pic.twitter.com/2YGaP6SW5R
— Best Videos (@30SECVlDEOS) May 10, 2020
No lie, this is what I thought of when I saw that Karen Durant was trending pic.twitter.com/9Pv1Bi5H0u
— Danny S (@xDoons) May 10, 2020
When Karen Durant went behind the back and gave dude buckets pic.twitter.com/FsmH3ZxJ3C
— #MambaSZN (@Bluee21k) May 10, 2020
Driving the paint like she’s in her minivan, asking for the manager because she can, starting at point guard, we got Karen Durant pic.twitter.com/eSWyGTof27
— Corey Asberry (@JCAsberry) May 11, 2020
Karen Durant with the shameless layup that’s classy, bougie, ratchet, sassy, moody, nasty pic.twitter.com/zti3SloFrs
— Michael Land (@OfficialMLand) May 10, 2020
How you let Karen Durant clown you like that? pic.twitter.com/1nda7cvimC
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) May 10, 2020
Everybody facial expression when Karen Durant swooped it with her left hand pic.twitter.com/jOUWMIV5R7
— Johnny Handsome (@IamDaJoker_) May 10, 2020