Remember “Karen?” That’s the name people commonly use when referring to white women who behave inappropriately in public places. Maybe they act entitled, or rude, or even flat out racist. The name Karen has basically become another word for white privilege.
Well, now drag queen Trixie Mattel has ushered in a brand new ‘Karen.’ This time, it’s ‘Patty.’
Who Is Trixie Mattel?
In case you’re culturally illiterate, or dead, and aren’t familiar with Trixie Mattel, she’s the drag persona of Brian Michael Firkus, an author and entertainer from Milwaukee. Trixie has appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race multiple times, and she won the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.
Trixie has more than 800,000 followers on Twitter. However, she became even more popular with her fans when she took down a woman named Patty who came to the defense of President Donald Trump.
How It Happened
Now, you probably know there’s an election going on. And ever since the election began on November 3, a furious President Trump has claimed the Democrats are trying to steal it from him. He whines and tweets about it any chance he gets, even though he hasn’t provided a scintilla of evidence to back up his accusations.
Trump claims that vote-count centers are “finding Biden votes all over the place” in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. As PinkNews points out, it’s unclear why there wouldn’t be ballots in a count center.
On Twitter — President Trump’s favorite playground — he tweeted “So bad for our country!”
Well, Trixie Mattel replied to Trump’s tweet with a snide one of her own. She said “Mary they found them in ballot boxes from voters. Pack your shit.”
Naturally, Trump’s supporters on Twitter were none too pleased with the way Trixie spoke to their hero. One of them – a woman named Patty – replied to Trixie’s tweet with “Who TF do you think you’re talking to???”
And Trixie responded: “Patty don’t start.”
On the night of Wednesday, November 4, Trixie tweeted a screenshot of her exchange with her new friend Patty, and by the next morning it had gone viral. It currently has 127,000 likes and over 15,000 retweets. And Trixie’s fans wasted no time in turning her exchange with Patty into a meme.
On Thursday, November 5, Trixie put out another tweet, this one a picture of herself with the hashtag #PattyDontStart. That tweet has nearly 43,000 likes so far.
“My phone exploded overnight,” Trixie tweeted on Thursday. “And Patty is the new Karen.”