Navigating stressful, bumper-to-bumper traffic is one thing. Having to drive extra-defensively as a parent with little ones in the backseat is quite another. Enraged by a rideshare driver who cut her off in New York City traffic, a mom named Karen dragged the man behind the wheel and his passenger who has been identified as Chelsea Klein. Klein captured the incident in a video that has gone mega-viral.
Here's everything the internet wants to know about the angry sensation.
Who is Kidz Bop Karen?
The viral star's real name hasn't been identified (and there's no need to out her by name), but the mom in the trending clip is being referred to as Kidz Bop Karen. That's because she referenced the popular pop music brand in her exchange with Klein, and her behavior epitomizes the internet archetype "Karen," described as an "irritating, entitled woman" on a mission to "speak to the manager."
However, this Karen was more interested in unloading on a rideshare driver and Klein. “It is your fault,” Karen told the driver. “And you know what, that didn’t upset me." She then turned on Klein, noting, "But the bitch ass hoe that told me to calm down. What I’d like you to do is apologize instead of being a bitch.”
Klein responded, “Sorry but you’re calling me a bitch, let’s set an example." Karen countered, “Oh sorry, I’m sorry. My kids can't hear me calling you a bitch.” Klein pointed out that Karen's car window was open, to which Karen quipped, "They can’t hear me because they’re listening to Kidz Bop.”
You can see the whole, original clip—shot and posted to YouTube by Klein—here.
TMZ learned that the Kidz Bop song the angry mom's kids were listening to was ... drum roll ... "Old Town Road."
What memes has Kidz Bop Karen inspired?
Kidz Bop Karen, also referred to as "Angry Karen," has been popping up all over Twitter and other social networks in a wide array of memes. Just a few examples:
Studies have suggested that these are the stages of parents listening to Kidz Bop for prolonged periods. Knowing the stages is half the battle. pic.twitter.com/Y2S870Lkei— Christopher Sharpe (@DrCSharpe) November 3, 2019
Kidz Bop Karen is working hard for that Taylor Swift promo pic.twitter.com/iM9zlZoAwB— Simon (@simondrex) November 3, 2019
Kidz Bop Karen (2019, directed by David Lynch) pic.twitter.com/DXK9G1FILP— TheHappySpaceman (@Happy_Spaceman) November 3, 2019
Some memes focus more on Karen's kids who are blissfully unaware that their mom is lashing out and about to blow up the internet.
god i wish i was as unbothered as the lady's kids listening to kidz bop— marie antoinette stan (@fatbby420) November 3, 2019
Kidz Bop lady's car is lit. pic.twitter.com/3GcGtWjhzi— Chris Harihar (@ChrisHarihar) November 3, 2019
Me jamming out to Kidz Bop while my mom calls the lady in the car next to us a bitch ass hoe pic.twitter.com/tbDsFC5at4— nelson 🍂 (@nelsongeraldes0) November 3, 2019
What's next for Kidz Bop Karen?
Kidz Bop probably doesn't need the social media buzz, being that their young followers will enjoy the tracks no matter what, but the timing of this trending sensation is fitting: Heavy.com reports Kidz Bop 40 drops November 15.
In the meantime, TMZ says "KBK" has taken her own advice and "calmed down," noting that she wants to apologize to the driver, and she has no hard feelings against Klein.