Thought murder hornets were scary? Take a look at some WASP mom TikTok videos for true terror.
What is a WASP mom? Traditionally, the acronym stands for white anglo saxon protestant. It’s a fairly common term and generally refers to upper-middle class, Ivy League or Seven Sister educated, probably east coast originated people. Uptight, upright, and alcohol loving, WASPs have been satirized in everything from literature (John Cheever) to film (Ted Knight’s Judge Smails in Caddyshack).
The Urban Dictionary gives this info on the moniker: “… Digby Baltzell reportedly coined the term ‘WASP’ in order to avoid repeatedly writing out “White Anglo-Saxon Protestant” in the tables of his 1964 book, Protestant Establishment: Aristocracy and Caste in America.”
Online comedian extraordinaire @itscaitlinhello(a.k.a. Caitlin Reilly) gives a new take on the stereotype, called the WASP Mom. Passive-aggressive, tense voiced, wine-swilling, and possessed of a bone-chilling tinkly laugh, she is both hilarious and horrifying as she simply orders a pizza or has a Facetime meltdown over the pandemic.
@itscaitlinhello’s uncanny impersonation of the ultimate WASP mom has, naturally, created a buzz. Women encountering WASP moms in their playgroups or at (now canceled) school drop-offs and pick-ups relate, as do people with WASP mothers-in-law (MILs) who’ve suffered their gentle yet painful stings.
Comments include, “‘this is spot on, like so spot on I’m actually terrified’ and ‘this is convincing to the point that it makes me uncomfortable… well done.”
So, are YOU a WASP mom or just know one? Check out the TikTok and YouTube videos to compare and contrast.