One of the biggest trends in viral videos are so-called “Karen” videos. Typically, an upset customer will berate a cashier, customer service representative, or even random people in the street over some minor issue that isn’t important. The story arc follows a rise in the Karen’s anger followed by a completely irrational explosion. It’s a tale as old as TikTok.

Another huge viral trend is anti-mask and anti-vaccine activists screaming at people about their HIPAA rights being violated. Fans love these, because most of the time the incident in question isn’t even covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The 1996 law was created to protect certain private health information and almost never applies when someone name drops it.

The latest video to go viral combines both. In the clip, two woman speak at a counter, ostensibly at a restaurant, as an unseen third party films the encounter. The Karen asks to speak to the manager when she is denied a yacht. The person behind the counter does a dramatic and comedic dip to show that she is the one who is the manager. The entire thing seemed staged.

Twitter users came out in droves to criticize what they believe is at best a bad comedy routine. The debate became hotly contested after the video initially went viral with the assumption that it was authentic. The consensus now seems to be that it’s phony.

“I gotta be honest… The duck under move…This has got to be staged, GOT to be, it’s 3 well written jokes… The duck, the yachts, the My HIPAA Law. Got to be fake, lol.”

“This is the MOST staged encounter i have seen. Seems fake and no Oscars are coming, maybe some Razzies.”

“Either that ‘my HIPAA law’ video is staged or conservatives are experiencing mind rot.”

“Hey that hipaa video is staged stop it already.”

The origins of the original video are unknown. It could be anything from a comedian’s demo reel to a school project. Sometimes fraud is just done for the sake of fraud. Either way, the internet didn’t take long to write the HIPAA Karen off as fake.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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