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She’s feeling the wrath of the “Karens.”
Taryn Manning says she has been “attacked by white women” who felt she “betrayed her own race” by accepting the lead role in her upcoming film, “Karen.”
“I was, kind of, taking it on head first and, like, responding to people, you know, ‘I’m so sorry you feel that way,’” she said in a clip of her Mr. Warburton magazine interview for the September fall fashion issue exclusively obtained by Page Six.
“I was attacked a lot by white women who felt that I had betrayed my own race,” the Arizona-born actress added.
Karen is the now-infamous nickname that society has given to white women who exhibit intolerant, manager-calling and racist behaviors.
In the film, Manning’s character, Karen White, makes microaggressions against her new neighbors, and at one point threatens to call the manager on a black patron while dining at a restaurant.
Currently, Manning’s personal Instagram comments section is limited and her Twitter is private — although it is unclear if this is a direct result of the movie’s backlash.
Some of the harsh remarks online include a tweet that said of the trailer, “more mainstream antiwhite racism. im sure there’s no relationship between this and the countless unprovoked beatings we see of white people in the streets.”
Another critic tweeted, “It’s just a tactic to further divide us. This movie is damaging and irresponsible.”
Manning, 42, also told Mr. Warburton’s interviewer, psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, that Internet trolls need to “tread really lightly,” adding, “You can’t just act that way.”
The “Orange Is the New Black” star then further explained why she felt motivated to do the film.
“A lot of people aren’t taking it well, but it’s something that needs to be brought to the forefront so we can start to change humanity, really,” she said.
Dr. Lombardo said that Manning had to get into the “red zone” mindset, which she said happens when “high levels of stress when fear takes over rational thinking.”
“We all have a red zone it’s just learning how to keep it in check,” the therapist added.
“Some people are hard-wired, maybe they grew up in a household where they never even really had a chance to think for themselves,” Manning said. “It’s just this repetitive generational cycle that they’re in — there’s that. There’s maybe an experience with someone like that, that scarred their frontal lobes, or it’s just a bad day.”
“Karen” premieres in theaters Friday.
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