No-mask Karen’s rant is now set to music

No-mask Karen’s rant is now set to music


norman lebrecht

May 07, 2021

Last month, a woman was arrested in Austin, Texas, for refusing to wear a mask while shopping.

Her filmed rant went viral.

Now it’s an aria. The composer is Mat Eisenstein and this is his Youtube page.

The woman’s name on the arrest sheet is Kara, not Karen.

Here’s the raw version.


  • M McAlpine says:

    Never see why these people must make an issue out of doing the simplest things – then make videos no-one can understand!

    • Billy says:

      Because it’s been over a year? We were all told it would be “two weeks to slow the spread.” The point was always to flatten the curve so that hospitals would have enough beds to handle everybody who gets sick. What changed/when?

      • What changed? The “15 days to slow the spread” message was before they knew asymptomatic people were spreading the disease just by exhaling.

        It was about other more severe measures, not masks and came with a big IF, clearly stated… everyone had to do it.

        That never happened.

        So here we are.

        • Hayne says:

          Asymptomatic people don’t spread the disease.
          CNBC…really? A few years ago the head of NBC said except for election years, 70% of advertising revenue came from drug companies.

      • TubaMinimum says:

        What’s changed? Nothing’s changed. The only people who said “two weeks” were certain right wing politicians who promised it would go away like a miracle while wanting to look into injecting bleach. It’s a flipping global pandemic that’s killed millions of people. If you open a history book, you might notice those tend to take more than a few months to resolve. What’s changed since the flatten the curve talk days is we managed to create viable vaccines in one year instead of 5, and so we thought we might try to keep the death rates down a little until we could all get the shot. I’m sorry you were inconvenienced.

      • Genius Repairman says:

        Flattening the curve does not really work. What works is total elimination. Otherwise the virus spread ramps up from superspreader events that cause havoc. If you are in a nation with regular caes of Covid, then the reality is the need to wear masks indefinitely.

        • Saxon says:

          We aren’t going to wear masks indefinitely. That is just stupid.

          Once most people have had either the virus or the vaccine, Covid will gradually fade into the background and we will return to normality: yes, Covid will still be there in the background, and high-risk people will need to get regular vaccines, but the rest of us will learn to get on with life.

    • Tom Phillips says:

      It reflects the general intellectual level of these MAGA Trumpy types.

    • henry williams says:

      this is what the police have to put
      up with.

  • Hayne says:

    Ha ha good one! Here’s Biden’s “Buy a shotgun” song…

    • BRUCEB says:

      Not quite as good, since it requires jerky editing to put the text together.

      Pretty music though.

  • HR says:

    Hilarious! Yeah, we might have stupid, entitled people ruining everything, but at least we can laugh at ourselves. Is this one running for office?

    • BRUCEB says:

      If so, Austin is about the only place in Texas where she wouldn’t automatically win, based solely on this campaign ad.

  • Music fan says:

    Austin’s unofficial tag line is “stay weird” – this kind of weird is generally not recommended.

  • BRUCEB says:

    Haha, that’s pretty great.

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    What a silly ignorant Kow! So if we are going to make fun of her, great.

    • Tiredofitall says:

      Agreed. Acceptable social behavior is learned. If that requires public humiliation, so be it. (I assume “Kow” means “Cow”…a derogatory term well merited.)

  • drummerman says:

    Sorry but I fail to see the humor in any of this.

    • Tiredofitall says:

      Humorous, perhaps not, but like it or not, certain white women of “privilege” (in the US, and oftentimes self-professed “Christians”) have caricatured themselves in recent years by such public behavior. Emboldened by MeTOO, their idea of liberty is me, me, me.

      I see it nearly every day. It is embarrassing.

  • Finally! A modern opera I like!

  • SVM says:

    I was under the impression that Texas had already abolished its mask mandate by April, but maybe I got confused by a news summary… could anybody clarify the legal position?

  • John G. says:

    Very amusing! This musical rendering gives Gilbert and Sullivan a good run for the money.

  • Brian says:

    How is Mat Eisenstein any different than a Soviet era composer who used music to praise and uphold a loathsome political system?