Fact Check: 'Karen' Confronting Drivers Is NOT Serious -- She's Acting

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: 'Karen' Confronting Drivers Is NOT Serious -- She's Acting Satirical Skit

Does a video show a serious interaction between a "Karen" who threatens to call the police on two men trying to tell her that a gas pump is attached to her car's gas tank? No, that's not true: The Facebook page of the video's featured creator is labeled as "Satire/Parody."

The claim was implied in a Facebook post (archived here) on March 14, 2022. The post included the video, which had superimposed text that read:

Karen flips at guys for following her, little does she know...

This is what the post looked like on Facebook on March 24, 2022:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Mar 24 19:41 2022 UTC)

Although the video received interaction on other platforms such as Reddit, Twitter and YouTube, the earliest published date of the video located by Lead Stories was January 23, 2021, when a longer version was posted to Facebook. Matching footage of the March 14, 2022, Facebook post can be found beginning at the longer version's 2:15 mark. The video was posted on the Facebook page of Libby Barnes, a digital creator whose Facebook bio states:

I produce and direct short form reality content for the Internet.

Barnes' page is labeled as "Satire/Parody," as shown in the screenshot below:

libby barnes satire FB page.png

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Mar 24 19:02:20 2022 UTC)

Barnes' page posted the full-length video again on June 18, 2021. A similar video of Barnes with a gas pump hanging out of her tank was posted on Barnes' page on October 28, 2021.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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