Traditional ghouls and goblins won’t cut it for Halloween in 2020, so a Los Angeles-based artist created something even scarier: the so-called “Karen” mask.
Jason Adcock showed off his handmade, latex mask of an angry, middle-aged white woman last month on social media, saying it’s never too early to get into the Halloween spirit.
“2020 is the year of the KAREN!” Adcock exclaimed on Instagram. “Scare all [your] friends with [your] big hair and narrow mind.”
Days later, Adcock debuted a second mask to his 6,000 followers, coining the frightening, over-the-top disguise with protruding eyes, reddened skin and pus-filled bumps as the “KAREN-19” — an apparent nod to COVID-19.
“She thought she was slick calling you sheep and look what happened,” Adcock wrote.
Two versions of the masks were selling on Etsy for $180 apiece, Adcock told “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, but they’ve since sold out, he announced on Facebook.
“I will update if things change,” Adcock wrote late Tuesday.
Adcock said he didn’t think the masks would be a hit, but assumed they would make a few people laugh and turn some heads in the process.
“Karen is transcendent of all gender and size,” he told GMA. “She is just like a modern-day tyrant. Anybody evil can be a Karen.”
Adcock claimed in a Facebook post that his “Karen” creations will undoubtedly be the scariest get-up of Halloween.
“She loves red states, expired coupons, hairspray, bare minerals and her gated community,” Adcock joked last month. “Full head latex mask with lashes and full head of ‘speak to the manager’ hair.”
The masks were an instant hit with many online, although a few critics still had some suggestions for Adcock.
“Jason you have this soooo wrong!” one reply read. “A ‘Karen’ mask should be an attractive middle aged Caucasian with clear skin (Botox) and perfect teeth all of which shows her ‘white privilege’ and wealth!”
But, like other real-life Karens who don’t appreciate the popular social media moniker, not everyone is a fan.
“So hating on white people isn’t considered racism apparently,” one Instagram reply read.
Another detractor, a black woman, said she found the mask to be a “total insult” to women named Karen, especially those with blonde hair.
“I consider myself a good person,” the reply read. “Not EVIL. You should have named this THING – EVIL … Why a persons name [?]”
Adcock, for his part, has brushed off the backlash he’s received over the masks.
“Just take it for what it is: a funny Halloween mask,” he told GMA. “I’m not here to ruin anybody’s day. I’m just trying to make people laugh.”
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