American Girl company is ‘disgusted’ by the parody ad of a ‘Karen’ doll who refuses to wear a face mask
American Girl company ‘disgusted’ by the parody ad of a gun-wielding ‘Karen’ doll who refuses to wear a face mask during the corona virus crisis
- American Girl condemned a parody ad that circulated on social media last week
- The picture shows a Walmart shopper named ‘Karen’ refusing to wear a face mask and holding a gun
- It ridiculed some Americans who now refuse to wear face masks in public during the coronavirus pandemic
- The CDC and public health experts recommend face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic
American Girl said it is ‘disgusted’ by an online ad parody with a gun-wielding Walmart shopper named ‘Karen’ who refuses to wear a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic.
The parody shows an American Girl doll turned into a purple tracksuit, holding a semiautomatic pistol, and appears to be in a Walmart store with no face mask.
“Meet Karen,” is the fake image. “She’s an independent thinker who refuses to wear a mask in public places!”
The image was shared by Adam the Creator on Facebook and quickly got steam on social media.
An American Girl commercial on social media shows a doll carrying a gun and refusing to wear a face mask
The name ‘Karen’ is used to describe the title of middle-aged white women in modern slang, but may apply to people who use their privilege to exercise power in often unnecessary cases.
The pop culture phrase has skyrocketed in recent months after several ‘Karen’ incidents were shared online, including one incident when New York City’s Amy Cooper mistakenly reported that a black man was attacking her in Central Park after asking her to dog on a leash.
In this case, the term “Karen” has been used as a collective term for some Americans who now refuse to wear face masks in public during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cooper was spoofed and told police that Cooper, who is not related to her, threatened her life after telling her to lead her dog
A woman named ‘Costco Karen’ was admitted with a tantrum and sitting on the floor for refusing to wear a face mask
Several such cases have surfaced in recent weeks when the public health measure was politicized during a particularly divided time in the United States.
One of those incidents involved a white woman named ‘Costco Karen’ who had a tantrum and was sitting on the floor of an Oregon store because she was asked in June to wear a face mask per face mask.
As of Sunday, the United States has registered 2,839,917 coronavirus cases and 129,676 deaths.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention “recommends that people in public environments and those who do not live in your household wear cloth face covers, especially when other social distance measures are difficult to maintain.”
Several companies have required staff and shopper to wear the protective measure while in retail locations.
The parody ad continued to circulate on social media, but caught American Girl’s attention after a Twitter user got confused by the image.
“I saw a post from an American girl doll, Karen, who refuses to wear a mask and carries a gun as disgusting. Is this what we want to teach our children? asked the user.
American Girl said it was “equally revolting” about the changed image in a Twitter post last Wednesday
The company also said it ensured that the “copyright infringement is handled appropriately”
American Girl has shared images and YouTube videos that encourage customers to wear recommended masks during the pandemic
American Girl responded a few hours later to condemn the altered image and assured they were aware of it.
“Donna, we were equally disgusted with this post. You can rest assured that we will take the necessary steps to ensure this is removed, “the company wrote on July 1.
On Sunday, the brand added that the incident has evolved into a copyright infringement and is under investigation.
Contrary to the ad, American Girl has already expressed support for following the recommended public health safety measures.
The company shared an image of an American Girl doll with a face mask on June 24 and published a YouTube tutorial in May explaining how to make a DIY face mask for the dolls.
The official American girl of the year 2020 is a new doll named Joss Kenderick, an avid surfer born with partial hearing loss.