Karen is at it again, and this time, she’s harassing fishermen in the neighborhood.
An avid fisherman and TikTok creator @fishingbay2ga was harassed by a woman in his neighborhood while out enjoying the fish that the day had to offer.
By the looks of his account, his content mostly surrounds his adventures in fishing. However, in a video that he posted this past Tuesday, he catches a clip of some nasty harassment he receives while innocently fishing in the neighborhood. As of today, the video has over 3.7 million views.
The text on the video, which shows a white woman approaching a black man as he is fishing, reads, “Black Man Fishing Problems!”
The woman in the video asks, “Are you a resident here?” to which a friend of the TikToker who is off-screen responds, “Am I bothering anyone?” Karen then proceeds to tell them that this is a “residents only” area.
Once the man started filming, she told them that she would “check their license plates and forward them” and that she did not consent to being on film.
As the woman turned away to go back to her vehicle, the TikToker spoke to his viewers, saying, “Now you guys see what I go through. I’m fishing in my own neighborhood, and this is the third white person that’s come up and bothered me, even though I’m not doing anything.”
The woman continued protesting that he was recording her when he added, “I’ve studied the law. I can do and film whatever I want. This is my phone.” Filming public conversations, such as this one, is almost always legal. However, it’s important to note that the legality of filming private or confidential conversations can vary depending on the state you’re in.
As the woman walked away, he said, “By the way, what’s your name? There’s no way I’m not going to bring you up at the next meeting.” His off-screen friend added the cherry on top, saying, “Her name’s Karen.”
The comments on the video are overwhelmingly supportive, and many TikTokers told similar stories of times they faced harassment because of racism.
One viewer noted, “When I moved into the neighborhood I live in now, people would slow down just to stare at us when we were out for a walk.”
Another shared, “I used to nanny in neighborhoods like this but had to stop. When my boyfriend would come to pick me up, the parents would harass him.”
“How in the world can someone minding their own business bother somebody so much?” said another person.
In another video from the same day, @fishingbay2ga caught a similar situation on camera from another person in the neighborhood with the same problem as the first Karen. This time, however, it was a white man that was demanding to know where he and his friend were from.
The friend of the TikToker politely says, “I was told never to talk to strangers who can’t introduce themselves first.”