'Karen' trailer criticized as 'unbelievably cringe,' knockoff of Jordan Peele's 'Get Out'

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A new film trailer has many Twitter users wanting to speak with Hollywood's manager.

On Thursday, a trailer was released for the upcoming film "Karen," which stars "Orange Is the New Black" alum Taryn Manning as a woman who terrorizes her Black neighbors. Coke Daniels wrote and directed the BET original film, described on IMDb as a crime drama thriller.

In the trailer, Manning's Karen chides her neighbors to keep trash cans off the curb, threatens to speak with a restaurant manager about noisy patrons and appears to call the police on teenagers. At one point, one of the characters discovers a soap dispenser bearing the Confederate flag.

Following the trailer's release, people have criticized the film on Twitter for having a contrived similarity to Jordan Peele's horror film "Get Out."

"Jordan Peele only has two films under his belt as a director and he already has people trying to copy his formula," wrote @nuffsaidny. "Talk about impact."

According to @sarah_ogun, Peele's film "Get Out" worked "because it was timely."

"Everybody else is late," the user added. "What’s happening around us is so insidious to the point of being unreal, and ppl are making parody out of what already is a parody"

User @HoodCommieGirl wrote that everyone in Hollywood wants to make their own version of "Get Out" but "without integrity, critical thinking, a valid social/racial analysis, etc. Just surface-level 'racism is wrong', 'Karens are bad', 'we need more allyship', etc plots."

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Others on Twitter said the trailer looks more fitting for a "Saturday Night Live" skit than for a feature-length thriller.

"Is that Karen movie preview… an SNL thing or is it real?" asked writer Roxane Gay.

"I definitely thought this Karen movie was an SNL skit," wrote @thealinemello. "But then it went on for so long and it’s a real movie (?!)"

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"I just finally saw the trailer for that KAREN 'horror' movie. I can't stop laughing," wrote @Goddess_Maxwell. "Its unbelievably cringe! Its like someone took every woke stereotype and fear mongering about race relations and put it into a blender without nuance or subtlety."

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Karen' thriller called an 'unbelievably cringe' knockoff of 'Get Out'

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