Senator Karen

What does Senator Karen mean?

Senator Elizabeth Warren

On December 14, 2021, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, used the term “Senator Karen” to call out Senator Elizabeth Warren on Twitter. This was during a heated exchange after Musk was named Time’s Person of the Year 2021.

The term “Karen” is often used by millennials and frequent social media users to describe a woman who is behaving in an entitled or spoiled manner. Musk wasn’t making a mistake with the senator’s name but was instead using popular slang to express his point of view.

Senator Warren had criticized Musk for not paying any federal income tax, despite being named Time’s Person of the Year. Musk responded by linking to a news article about Warren’s Native American heritage, comparing her to an angry mother who yells at everyone without a reason, and finally referring to her as “Senator Karen”.

So, when you hear or see “Senator Karen”, remember it’s not about a real Senator named Karen. It’s a slang term used by Elon Musk to describe Senator Elizabeth Warren in a rather dismissive way, implying she was acting entitled and spoiled, much like the stereotype of a “Karen”.

Example for using ‘Senator Karen’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see Elon Musk’s tweet about Senator Karen?

Yeah, it was hilarious! He really knows how to throw shade.

I couldn’t stop laughing when he called her Senator Karen. Perfect nickname!

I know, right? It’s so fitting considering how she acts entitled all the time.