Jacinda Ardern implies opposition leader is a ‘Karen’ in parliament debate video
New ZealandComments by New Zealand PM came during a parliamentary debate on the countrys new hate speech laws
New Zealands prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has suggested her opposition party counterpart could be called a Karen during a fierce debate in parliament over laws governing hate speech.
Judith Collins, the leader of the opposition, has argued strongly against changes to the countrys hate speech laws, saying the new rules could mean people feeling insulted being able to criminalise people who make them feel insulted. After the 15 March mosque attacks by a white supremacist, the New Zealand government has proposed introducing much harsher penalties for those who incite or normalise discrimination or hatred.
Ardern said she disagreed with the members [Collins] statement on Twitter that somehow it will become illegal to call someone a Karen.
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That is absolutely incorrect, and I apologise that means these laws will not protect that member [Collins] from such a claim.
Karen is a term that evolved on social media, describing a middle-class white woman who behaves in an entitled, pushy, demanding and privileged manner.
New Zealands parliament is a kind of elephants graveyard of internet memes. In late 2019, Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick went viral for dropping a casual OK boomer in response to being heckled during her speech in a sitting of the New Zealand parliament.
Collins stood to raise a point of order in response to Ardern, Stuff reported but no comeback was forthcoming.
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