Andrew Bolt has declared Victoria the ‘Karen’ capital of Australia in a scathing attack on what has become the state under left-wing Labor Prime Minister Daniel Andrews.
The prominent Sky News political columnist and presenter said an extraordinary number of Victorians were taking their neighbors to the police every day for breaking the state’s Covid-19 rules during the pandemic.
“No other state has so many Karens,” Bolt wrote in his Herald Sun column on Wednesday.
“More than 600 Victorians a day called the state’s crime reporting hotline during the lockdowns to denounce neighbors and friends for sneaking out to their parents or not wearing face masks.”
Data released by Victoria Police showed that in April 2020 the police helpline received about 100,000 calls at the height of the pandemic – 66 per cent more than an average month.
Melbourne also won the title of most closed-off city in the world after enduring a total of 262 days of staying at home.
Outspoken political commentator and Sky News presenter Andrew Bolt (pictured) has declared Victoria Australia’s ‘Karen’ capital in a scathing op-ed attacking the state
Out of 100,000 calls to the police hotline, as many as four in 10 Victorians called in their own neighbors for violating Covid-19 restrictions.
Of the 114 categories of offenses police are tracking, Covid-19 breaches were the 20th most common crime in the first six months of 2020, with 6,062 cases recorded between March and June.
Bolt called the Victorian government “bullies” and denounced Prime Minister Daniel Andrew’s brutal Covid-19 restrictions.
“No other state has people so happy to be bullied by the government,” Bolt wrote.
Melbourne was on lockdown longer than any other city in the world during the pandemic, but Victorians still seem excited about the prime minister who treated them so viciously. That’s bizarre, considering that no other state had such unnecessarily brutal lockdown rules.’
The columnist also unleashed the suburban rail loop proposed by Andrews, estimated to cost $125 billion, is the most expensive and “useless” infrastructure in all of Australia.
He labeled Victoria the most “awakened” and “sanctimonious” state, despite the prime minister and government facing “at least four” corruption investigations.
Mr Bolt (left) said Victoria had the most ‘Karens’ in the county after more than 600 residents a day brought in their neighbors for flouting 2020 Covid restrictions. He also slammed Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (right) for the brutal state Covid lockdowns.
What is a ‘Karen’
A ‘Karen’ is a term for a man or woman, sometimes racist and usually middle-aged, who tells people how to do their job, stands up for their rights and complains to the manager.
The term was popularized in meme culture on the Reddit internet forum to describe troubled men and women.
A Karen meme is often paired with the quote, “Can I speak to the manager?”
The male version of a ‘Karen’ is sometimes referred to as a ‘Kevin’.
The Covid pandemic has been riddled with viral ‘Karen’ moments.
Melbourne woman Kerry Nash was dubbed the ‘Bunnings Karen’ after she berated staff at the hardware chain when asked to wear a mask.
Ms Nash was filmed in July 2020 at Bunnings’ Narre Warren store letting loose on staff.
She accused staff at the store of violating her human rights by politely asking her to wear a mask at the height of the pandemic, and was shortly arrested after clashing with police outside.
In June this year, a woman named ‘Karen from Kew’ was filmed collapsing at tradies after they left building signs at the front of her Melbourne townhouse cutting off her footpath.
The videos showed the woman tearing down “walkway closed” signs and barriers from outside her mansion in the exclusive suburb — where the median home price is an eye-watering $2.7 million.
Dressed in sportswear, a puffer jacket and kites, she was recorded dismantling the security setup before returning the next day to tear it down again.
Melbourne’s Kerry Nash (pictured) was dubbed the ‘Bunnings Karen’ after she berated hardware chain staff when asked to wear a mask during the height of the pandemic in July 2020
In June this year, a woman named ‘Karen from Kew’ was filmed collapsing at tradies after they left construction signs at the front of her Melbourne mansion, cutting off her footpath (pictured)
Mr Bolt’s scathing column comes three days before Victorians prepare to go to the polls for Saturday’s state election.
Veteran election analyst predicted Daniel Andrew’s Labor Party would lose a dozen seats in the Victorian state election on November 26.
Analyst Malcolm Mackerras said Labor could potentially lose 12 seats by forcing the left-wing prime minister into a minority government.
Mr Mackerras, a former researcher for the Liberal Party in the 1960s, designed the famous Mackerras pendulum which plotted the seats most likely to fall if there was a unified swing against the government.
The 83-year-old visiting fellow at Australian Catholic University in Canberra predicted a 3.6 percent swing against Labour.