Posted Jul 10, 2022 Updated Jul 10, 2022 6:11pm CDT
TikToker @therealblxess has uploaded a now-viral clip that reportedly shows women (credited as “Karens” on the original poster) trying to throw them out of an elevator because it was “too full”.
In a caption for the video, @therealblxess wrote that the elevator passengers “left to tell security I said I would stab them.” Based on the tags in the captions, the incident also appears to have happened at the ICE condominium complex in Toronto, Canada.
The clip shows a closeup of the TikToker’s face looking up along with a reflection of the other women off the elevator’s mirrored ceiling.
@therealblxess Then I went to tell security I said I was going to stab her
It’s difficult to understand everything that’s being said in the video as the women all try to mix up their conversations and masks muffle their voices. However, at the start of the 27-second TikTok, the creator can be heard saying, “Don’t call me ‘bitch,'” in response to something one of the elevator passengers said.
“You’re going to get punched in the face, do you want to get punched?” the TikToker asks one of the women.
“You shouldn’t be here,” says one of the women.
“Fuck off, you can walk,” the creator continues. “The shit you think is that shit.”
“Stupid bitch shut up shut up,” says @therealblxess as one of the women continues. “Shut up, dammit. Back,” the woman replies.
The TikToker then pans the camera to show two of the women she captured. “You guys are idiots, look, camera,” she says.
In a follow-up video, @therealblxess said she couldn’t believe she stayed calm because it was “a real racist encounter.” She also notes that the video was taken on Canada Day 2021 and due to COVID-19 restrictions, the elevator had a sign indicating a maximum capacity of 3 people. The TikToker claims she asked beforehand if it was okay to enter the elevator, and one of the women nodded.
@therealblxess Reply to @shesindii Reply to @shesindii By the way, that was Canada Day last year but I should have boxed her tbh😭 #fyp #racist #karen ♬ Original sound – Blessing Barbie
Her video has been viewed over 2.5 million times. In the comments, some people noted that the reflection of the elevator layout shows that there was more than enough space for everyone to fit inside.
“Help the way the reflection shows there is space,” wrote one user.
“4 people = full. WHAT!?” said another.
“The nerves people have,” added a third.
Others pointed to the frustration of hearing one of the women say, “You shouldn’t be here,” as if she had ownership of the building or could determine where the TikToker is and not allowed to go inside the building.
“‘You shouldn’t be here.’ What? Allegedly where? Home in the elevator. Why she’s acting like she owns the building,” commented one user.
“Bet if they weren’t in a group you wouldn’t hear a peep from them,” suggested another viewer.
Some TikTokers noted that they found it “sad” that the women were also people of color, but seemed suspicious of the black TikToker because he was in the elevator.
“It’s even sadder when it’s a different ethnic group like you Fr??! Ayy and I love how we have the same slang but sound like a crazy difference,” shared one user.
“And it’s a different POC,” seconded another.
“That was a satisfying racist moment. I’m so glad you didn’t sit there and take that. Who do they think they are? This isn’t the 1940s,” wrote a third.
While Canada is often viewed as a fairer country by some Americans and Canadians, there are several recently published studies looking at anti-Black racism in Canada. A report by the Boston Consulting Group entitled “The Pervasive Reality of Anti-Black Racism in Canada” found that black students are four times more likely to be expelled from school than their white peers. It also cites wage differentials between white and black college graduates, more frequent reports of workplace discrimination by black employees, and significantly higher levels of police brutality against black Torontonians.
“While Canadians often believe that our country is a role model for inclusion, the harsh truth is that we still have a long way to go to achieve justice for black people in Canada…” the report reads . “Data shows that anti-black racism exists in Canada and is worse than many Canadians realize.”
Likewise Charles Officer, director of The skin we are in wrote an article for CBC declaring that Canadians “should not believe the hype that we are a nation of great cultural tolerance and equality,” citing a Toronto Star Analysis that presented “a series of articles that revealed statistical evidence of racial profiling by police.”
The Daily Dot reached out to @therealblxess via TikTok comment.
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*Initial publication: July 10, 2022 at 6:10 p.m. CDT
Jack Alban is a freelance journalist for the Daily Dot, covering trending human interest/social media stories and real people’s reactions to them. He always tries to incorporate evidence-based studies, current events, and relevant facts to those stories to create your not-so-average viral post.
https://www.dailydot.com/irl/elevator-too-full-karens/ “The way the reflection shows there’s space”: TikToker says “Karens” told her to get off the elevator because it was “too full.”