France has a storied history of discrimination against immigrants, particularly immigrants from countries that were once French colonial outposts in the Middle East and Africa. But apparently this sentiment does not extend to immigrants if they happen to be white.
Karen Watson lives in Pays de la Loire, France. It is a small city on the western side of the country. Karen is also an immigrant from the U.K.
However, this didn't stop her from having this to say:
The full text reads:
"I live in France in a rural area that voted for Macron. We had no immigrants here at all - but they are moving in now. We recently had our first rape! At a car boot sale we did, we had a family who were so insistent and intimidating..trying to push us to sell at ridiculous prices!"
People were quick to point out her hypocrisy.
Karen I really hate to break this to you but there were immigrants living there. Because you're an immigrant Karen.… https://t.co/nsBDUFqCUb— Otto English (@Otto English)1542642452.0
As an English ex-pat, Karen is, in fact, an immigrant. While the original tweet has since been deleted, Twitter users tracked it down and figured out what it was about.
Watson's tweet was in response to a tweet by @caolmid, a Twitter user known for inflammatory Islamophobic rhetoric.
@karenwatson53 I came for the cognitive dissonance, I stayed for the ratio. https://t.co/m8JIbU97HE— Rich Reed (@Rich Reed)1542643871.0
@karenwatson53 I read it in context. It was a reply to a comment made by this person. Her pinned tweet says it all… https://t.co/Valpr19Ye5— Victoria Lou Bayley (@Victoria Lou Bayley)1542658118.0
People incisively blasted her.
@Otto_English I think you'll find she's an 'ex pat'. This is completely different to being an immigrant. Immigrants… https://t.co/8EXyP1qAK6— sara challoner #FBPE (@sara challoner #FBPE)1542647605.0
@ChallonerSara @Otto_English Also, unlike immigrants, expats come from good, respectable countries. Like Britain an… https://t.co/XhGT9OX2qb— Jenny Salt (@Jenny Salt)1542657345.0
@Salty_Jenny @ChallonerSara @Otto_English Brilliant— Joy#FBPE (@Joy#FBPE)1542658323.0
@Joymilligan47 @Salty_Jenny @ChallonerSara @Otto_English And expats drink in their own pubs, eat their own food, wa… https://t.co/THoGD6N6An— PicassoRepublic (@PicassoRepublic)1542660176.0
People tried to explain the scenario via metaphor.
@Otto_English @MichRugbyZwolle It's like complaining about all the cars on the road when you are stuck in traffic n… https://t.co/MY5vgh36hc— Two Penneth (@Two Penneth)1542644439.0
@Two__Penneth @Otto_English A lot of people do that though.— Michael 'it' DEEPLY UNHELPFUL Livid Queue Jumpe (@Michael 'it' DEEPLY UNHELPFUL Livid Queue Jumpe)1542644483.0
@TtmarshallTim @Two__Penneth @Otto_English I did last week. I was driving from Eindhoven to Amsterdam on a weekday… https://t.co/jveZg7PzJ2— Michael 'it' DEEPLY UNHELPFUL Livid Queue Jumpe (@Michael 'it' DEEPLY UNHELPFUL Livid Queue Jumpe)1542645144.0
And most were simply flabbergasted.
@Otto_English @NiceConvos I may have to turn off the internet now.— OOR Cath Maguire (@OOR Cath Maguire)1542662704.0
@Otto_English She really doesn't see the irony. https://t.co/fcsVpwjiwt— new_number_2 (@new_number_2)1542642585.0
@Otto_English Karen's current self-awareness level = https://t.co/WvTLcfGOZ8— SweetSmokeScreen - European (@SweetSmokeScreen - European)1542642726.0
@Otto_English I wish she would tweet in French , bloody immigrants not integrating— Marek Mika (@Marek Mika)1542648267.0
@Otto_English I actually had to read that twice, an immigrant complaining about immigrants.— jen wood#GeneralElectionNow #GetTheToriesOut (@jen wood#GeneralElectionNow #GetTheToriesOut)1542657455.0
Hey, Karen? The call is coming from inside the house.