'Central Park Karen' Sues Company That Fired Her For Race, Gender Discrimination
On today's installment of Karens Karen-ingTM, Amy Cooper, who gained infamy last year after calling the cops on a Black birdwatcher who asked her to put her dog on a leash in compliance with Central Park rules, has once again proven that her astounding entitlement and apparent derangement knows absolutely no bounds -- suing her former employer for racial and gender discrimination for firing her after the infamous viral incident.
Last Memorial Day weekend, Christian Cooper (who fortunately has no relation to Amy) was bird watching in Central Park when he noticed that Cooper's dog wasn't on a leash in a wooded section of Central Park that requires pets to be leashed. As such, he asked Amy to abide by park rules. Shortly after, Amy became unhinged, especially after she realized Cooper was recording their interaction, deciding to involve the police for no apparent reason. "I'm taking a picture and calling the cops," she said in a video that has since garnered millions of views. “I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life,” she continued, implying she knew how this situation could potentially put Cooper in danger, considering law enforcement's history of systemic racism against Black people.
The following day, Cooper was naturally fired from her position at financial services firm, Franklin Templeton. “Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately” the company tweeted. “We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton.”
Exemplifying how she's apparently learned absolutely nothing about why calling the cops on Black people for no reason is a very dangerous idea, how police brutality disproportionately impacts people of color, and apparently how to exist without being a selfish douchecanoe following her stint as “Central Park Karen," Cooper is alleging that she was unfairly terminated last May, claiming that the company's investigation didn't prove race was a factor in her call to police, which she denies, notably despite her recorded language.
"The Defendants knew that they had not performed an investigation into the May 25, 2020 incident in Central Park involving Plaintiff, but nevertheless published statements that they had," the suit claims.
However, Franklin Templeton is calling bullsh*t on these allegations– unlike Cooper, who would probably just call the manager. "We believe the circumstances of the situation speak for themselves and that the company responded appropriately," Stacey Coleman, a spokesperson for the financial company, told CNN of the suit via email. "We will defend against these baseless claims."
So folks, as Memorial Day Weekend approaches, remember, don't be a Karen. It's not that hard.