Phoenix Karen is a nickname given to Phoenix, Arizona resident Tamara Harrian after she was caught on video telling a Native American woman, Karina Rodriguez, to go back where she came from. In the video that went viral in June 2020, Rodriguez slaps Harrian after Harrian pushed her. The video went viral on both Twitter and Facebook causing viewers to post negative reviews of Harrian’s place of work and send Rodriguez support.
On June 6th, 2020, Facebook user Greg Conn posted a video with the caption, “Racism is alive and well, this just happened at the shell gas station in Phoenix, Greenway and 7th st. ****please share, let’s make her racism known *. ABC15 Arizona ABC News NBC News Fox News #racism #ignorance” (shown below). The video gained over 19,000 shares and 11,000 reacts in three days. In the video, Tamara Harrian claims to be the manager, tells a customer, Karina Rodriguez, to go back to where she came from, pushes her and then gets slapped.
On June 7th, 2020, Twitter user @kiirowulf reposted the Facebook video and received over 10.7 million views, 317,000 likes and 127,700 retweets in two days (shown below).
SAW THIS ON FB AND HAD TO SHARE ON HERE, TWITTER DO YOUR THANG AND HELP FIND THIS RACIST BITCH. pic.twitter.com/nCCFcHYfuV
— m (@kiirowulf) June 7, 2020