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'Ken And Karen' Is Your New Gun-Wielding Nightmare Of A Meme

"Not sure about this new Tarantino."

Word of warning: if you stand outside your mansion wielding an assault-style rifle at a group of peaceful protestors – you will be filmed, you will be posted all over the Internet, and you will become an overnight meme. It’s a lesson that a Missouri couple – now dubbed ‘Ken and Karen’ – have learned over the past 24 hours. Hear all the details below:

Yesterday, footage emerged of the couple – whose real names are Mark and Patricia McCloskey – and it didn’t take long for it to go viral, earn an unsurprising retweet from President Donald Trump and birth countless memes. 

Some Twitter users compared ‘Ken and Karen’ to TV and movie characters – including those of Quentin Tarantino and Ozark. 

Others were, sadly, reminded of the recent antics of other ‘Karens’. 

Last week, the internet was left dumbfounded by these ridiculous excuses for not wearing a COVID-19 face mask from a Palm Beach County community meeting – including “[Masks] throw God’s wonderful breathing system out the door” and “How will children be able to know who the dangerous deviants are?”

And what about all the other ‘Karen’ compilations floating around social media? In them, bystanders are hurled abused and some are even coughed on by the subject of their videos.

In an ironic twist of events, the Daily Mail reports that ‘Ken and Karen’ are both personal injury lawyers and Mark McCloskey had “previously represented a victim of police brutality.” Speaking about the case back in March, McCloskey said, “I’m glad that the law enforcement agencies are subject to the same standard as everybody else. 

Amidst heightened racial tensions, protests against police brutality, and a global pandemic resulting in growing numbers of deaths in the US – it’s no surprise these kinds of videos, and the ‘Karens’ and ‘Kens’ in them, are going viral. 

Unfortunately, it’s just a reflection of our new reality. We can only hope that by exposing violent behaviour, and keeping the conversation going, real change can occur.

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Nothing Screams 'Dodgy Influencer' Like Stealing Someone’s Support Dog

Absolutely wild.

For every hundred well-intentioned influencers, there’s always one who ruins it for everyone else – and this time, it’s all because one of them decided to steal a poor, innocent dog. 

Brittany Littleton, who is an Instagram influencer with over 32.5K followers and the co-owner of animal rehab Little Love Rescue, is being sued by an LA housing equality advocacy organisation after she stole an unhoused man’s support dog and is refusing to return it.

Yep, it’s a lot to process.

According to a press release from Housing Equality & Advocacy Resource Team (H.E.A.R.T), in January this year, unhoused man Elliot Haas was sitting in front of his tent with his emotional support dog Luna when a man and woman offered him furniture. As they were moving the table and chairs, Luna was bundled into their car and the couple sped off.

When Haas called the LAPD, it became clear the couple were connected to Brittany Littleton and Little Love Rescue. 

“Despite pleading for the return of Luna, Brittany refused to return Luna to Elliot and at one point stated that over $6,000 were spent on vet bills for Luna and if Elliot wanted to pay that, Luna could be returned,” the release states.

To make the whole thing even messier, Little Love Rescue created a GoFundMe campaign for ‘Luna, the Paralysed Street Dog’ to raise funds for the rescue. H.E.A.R.T’s release states that Little Love Rescue raised over $8,000 but has not registered as a charitable organisation. 

“Luna helped Elliot perform daily activities,” H.E.A.R.T states. “To take Luna away from him is cruel and only continues to prolong the injustices that the unhoused community faces on a daily basis.”

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Haas appeared before a judge in LA but Littleton failed to appear “or oppose the writ of possession.” As a result, the judge “granted Haas’s writ. Littleton and Little Love Rescue must now return Luna or be held in contempt of court.”

In a statement on Instagram, Littleton claimed she had been asked to “help a dog suffering” that was “paralysed, had sores all over her belly and legs, her feet were bleeding, and she had cuts and scars covering her body.” According to the influencer, she faced “multiple violent threats” from H.E.A.R.T and her “business and livelihood are being threatened.” 

Littleton wrote, “now I am being sued and am forced to hire an attorney to defend myself. I need help covering legal fees to hire an attorney,” however her followers had little sympathy. One user commented, ‘dude just give the dog back’ and another asked ‘how much are you donating to help the man experiencing homelessness?’

There’s no doubt Luna needed to get treated by a vet, but stealing her is not only wrong – it’s against the law. There are plenty of ways Littleton could have helped Haas and Luna, and this was not the answer.

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JK Rowling, Hun, Stephen King's Tweet Wasn't The Praise You Thought It Was

She's hit backspace, hard.

Despite disappointing so many of her loyal fans, JK Rowling remains intent on peddling a harmful transphobic agenda via social media. Today, she tried to get fellow author Stephen King on side – and failed miserably.

Hear all about the JK Rowling drama below:

In a recent tweet, Rowling quoted feminist activist and writer Andrea Dworkin in a post that read, “Andrea Dworkin wrote: ‘Men often react to women’s words – speaking and writing – as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence.’”

“It isn’t hateful for women [to] speak about their own experiences, nor do they deserve shaming for doing so,” she added. 

Even though the tweet was part of a larger nine-part thread, author Stephen King retweeted it – leading JK Rowling to believe he supported her anti-trans views.

In response, she tweeted, “I’ve always revered @StephenKing, but today my love reached – maybe not Annie Wilkes levels – but new heights. It’s so much easier for men to ignore women’s concerns, or to belittle them, but I won’t ever forget the men who stood up when they didn’t need to. Thank you, Stephen.”

King’s endorsement obviously took his followers by surprise, who quickly questioned him on it. One Twitter user told the author, “You should address the TERF tweet. By telling us constant readers if you believe trans women are women.”

Stephen King simply responded, “Yes. Trans women are women” and moments later, Rowling withdrew her praise for the author by swiftly deleting her tweet that thanked him.

Rowling may not have the support of Stephen King – or many other people, for that matter – but that hasn’t stopped her from doubling down on the transphobia. It’s hard to know how or when JK Rowling will realise how harmful her comments are – particularly to her young audience of readers, but we can only hope the messages from her peers will get through eventually.

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