If you thought the “Karen” issue was over, you thought wrong. On 27th October, a video of a maskless woman being denied entry into Suria KLCC’s Dior went viral. The woman, nicknamed “Karen” for the way she behaved, was later fined RM3000 for her actions. However, it seems people have risen in support of her on Twitter.
Twitter account 117WeThePeople has loudly demanded Malaysians to respect her rights. They recently posted a video of the woman declaring her love for Malaysia and explaining her rights and freedom. Needless to say, Malaysian netizens weren’t happy.
The 2-minute video, posted on 6th November has since garnered over 442,000 views. The caption accompanying the post declares that the woman was “harassed by the government, terrorised at her home, (had) newspapers demonising her (and encountered) Facebook bots hate speech“. The caption went on to say that the woman’s message was not only for Malaysia, but for the world.
In the video, the woman introduces herself as Kerry otherwise known as “Karen Dior”. She states she has stayed in Malaysia for 20 years after moving here from Manchester. “My heart, my soul, my children, all have a much loved home here,” she said. Kerry explains that people are free to make choices in their lives, including, “what we do with our bodies, medically or otherwise“. She also highlights countries which are giving up their SOPs and urges Malaysians to “open (their) eyes“. She finally ends with a passionate declaration. “A man who does not know his own rights has no rights. We are free,” she concludes.
The Twitter account 117WeThePeople continues to condemn Malaysians for their actions against Kerry. It highlights the supposed slander against her and claims she has been supporting Malaysians during the lockdowns.
Previously, the account also alleged that the health minister, Khairy Jamaluddin was “attacking” Kerry. “(Governments) should never harass people and (should) not dictate (to) them on how to take care of their health,” they stated. “This Person should RESIGN IMMEDIATELY & TWITTER should be made accountable the fake views to manipulate (people’s opinions) over an innocent lady, who protected a freedom of Speech, her RIGHT to breathe Freely!” Additionally, the account claimed Kerry’s child had been “fear mongered” into getting vaccinated.
The account and the video have certainly gotten the attention of Malaysians. Many are of the opinion that Kerry should still be held accountable for her actions. As one Twitter user said: “You have rights, you have freedom. Please be aware that with rights and freedom, comes a heavy dose of responsibility. They are never exclusive. Imposing your freedom over others just makes it (worse).”
Others have suggested Kerry return to her original country. “No one is stopping you,” one comment read. “In fact, we welcome it. Go “breathe free” there.” A few have also pointed out that the mask is not for her, but for those around her. “We (Malaysians) couldn’t care less (about) what you (do) to your body, it’s what you’re doing to us that we give a damn about,” a Twitter user said. “Wearing (a) mask is to protect others.”
Although Malaysians have been leaving many comments, both jeering and explaining why they think wearing a mask is important, it seems they may be yelling at a wall. The account has responded to each comment, claiming they are “bots” and are spreading “propaganda”.
Well, bots or not, even we Malaysians have the right to complain if Kerry is endangering us by not wearing a mask. Hopefully, she wises up to Malaysia’s SOPs soon!