'Do some African-American fishing': 'California Karen' goes viral after RACIST tirade against Black DJ

“Excuse me, sir. Hi, one of four black people in Santa Barbara,” fumed the enraged woman


                            'Do some African-American fishing': 'California Karen' goes viral after RACIST tirade against Black DJ
A furious Californian woman was slammed for using racial slurs at a black DJ (Photo: @djiansoleiman/Instagram)
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An angry lady has been dubbed "California Karen" after hurling racial obscenities at a DJ who recorded her berating employees at a Santa Barbara eatery. A now-viral video of her having words with a man she referred to as "one of four black persons in Santa Barbara" had amassed views and attracted international attention as of Tuesday, May 24, 2022 afternoon. 

"Sooo this just happened @sb_boathouse, Santa Barbra needs to do better." In the caption of the video, Ian Soleimani, a 39-year-old African-American DJ, stated, "Almost lost my s– – t." The anonymous woman can first be seen berating a restaurant manager over an unpaid check in an altercation that took place in the Boathouse at Hendry's Beach. According to a Reddit thread where the video originally went viral, the argument began after the unidentified woman attempted to pay her bill using PayPal after her credit card was denied.

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The restaurant then took her ID and told her she needed to return the next day with a valid payment method, leading the customer to lose her cool. The sunglasses-wearing woman spluttered on the footage, “It was paid, though, ma’am, and you rejected the payment,”  Things became heated when she realized Soleimani was photographing her and began hurling racial insults at him. “Excuse me, sir. Hi, one of four black people in Santa Barbara,” fumed the enraged restaurant patron. “Oh, now I’m a racist, terrible person, sorry, just because you’re an obnoxious guy. It’s not your fault that you’re black, of course. Just obnoxious.” The woman went on, “I’m against obnoxious people, to be clear. Not against the black people.” Later in the video, she asks Soleimani what he's doing, to which he responds, "Taking a video of this. This is absolutely ridiculous."

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In response, the woman snarls, "Are you sending it to the FBI after this?" adding, “I might go psychotic pretty soon. I’m probably going to, I’m probably going to get very violent pretty soon, I’m glad you’re here.” Soleimani answers, "Cool, keep going," superbly retaining his cool. "Don't you have some fish to catch, African-American man?" the loud woman asks furiously. “Don’t you want to go on the boat and do some African-American fishing?”

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"And this man, who thinks he's Mother Teresa for Santa Barbarans everywhere who want a pretentious breakfast, now he's here," she is heard saying after another brief exchange with the manager. "Thank God he's doing his three black people in Santa Barbara part," she continues, "for Oprah apparently." At the end of the video, the manager returns the woman's ID and bars her from ever returning to the restaurant.

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The woman's words and behavior received severe criticism under the original Reddit post. One person wrote, “She just kept projecting everything onto him. Even saying “using a fake is at a fish market” after asking for her ID back from the place. What a poor disturbed person” Another person wrote, “Silence is absolutely the best response on his behalf. Really just shows how she has an entire narrative in her own head.” Someone else said, “Can’t wait for her to get outed, for her to do her fake apology where she never apologizes and tries to validate her actions, then tries to become the victim in this by saying she is getting harassing messages and can’t find a job now because of the media attention. It’s a Groundhogs Day with these people.”

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