There's no way out of this mess: The Washington Post's Hank Stuever isn't a silly young kid.
According to the leading authority of his life, he was born in 1968. He graduated from college in 1990.
He's been at the Washington Post, a major newspaper, since 1999. He became the Post's TV critic in 2009.
Stuever isn't 14. Still, the utterly childish adult male wrote a piece which ate the bulk of the front page on today's Style section.
Pathetically, it starts like this. Hard-copy headline included:
CRITIC'S NOTEBOOKThere the little boys go again, writing about "the Karens."
The top show to watch now? Karens.
The most addictive TV show this summer isn’t even an official TV show, but how long before it becomes one? Several times a day, Instagram and Twitter feeds serve up another galling, sad and often intensely satisfying segment of a reality series we can just go ahead and call “Karens,” in which women (almost always white, almost always of a certain demeanor) make the mistake of policing, harassing or discriminating against their fellow humans in public.
As soon as one Karen flames out across the Internet, another apparently more unhinged Karen rises in her place...
We've written about this astonishing phenomenon before; we don't plan to bother again. That said, the fact that grown men don't see the problem with this kind of mockery-by-female-demographic is absolutely astounding. As a matter of anthropology, the sheer stupidity of our species truly defies comprehension.
Presumably, the Style section still employs editors. They too don't see the problem with this kind of mockery by gender and race.
There's really no way out of this mess. As it turns out, it's now official:
Our species actually is this stupid on the highest levels.
One final point:
For years, Chris Matthews (and others) kept taunting Hillary Clinton as "Evita" and "Nurse Ratched" while using a wide array of other such misogynistic put-downs.
In Matthews' case, this went on for roughly ten years, during an era when his show actually was influential. (There wasless cable back then.)
This went on for roughly ten years. No one said a word about it. Stating the obvious, this is one of the basic ways Donald J. Trump reached the White House.
As of today, the Stuevers and the Stuever types are still out there running wild. So, of course, are their nameless editors, who seem to specialize in getting Karens fired.
Some of them went to "the finest schools." Proving there's no way out of this mess, this is what resulted!