Stephanie Denaro Wiki – Stephanie Denaro Bio
Stephanie Denaro is the New York City woman who was recorded calling a Black man a racist slur at a Manhattan bakery on March 21 and the video has since gone viral.
She used the slur after the worker refused to serve her unless she put on a mask. A security guard intervened and asked Denaro to leave before threatening to call the police. Denaro has since been called “bagel Karen” on social media.
She is 38 years old.
Stephanie Denaro Viral Video
The viral video begins with Denaro saying she cannot wear a mask and calls the Black man “sir.” When he asks why she won’t wear a mask, the security guard responds, “She says she has a medical problem. You don’t have to serve her if you don’t want to.” The guard tells Denaro that if she is not going to be served, then she needs to leave the bakery.
Denaro replies by referring to the worker as a racial slur, which triggers gasps from the other customers. Denaro doubles down by stating in a mocking sing-song tone, “That’s what he is! That’s what he is!”
She repeats the slur before continuing, “I said it! You heard it!” The guard is heard saying she’s going to call the police. Denaro turns to face the guard and states, “I can call him whatever I want to.”
Denaro’s four young children are visible in the clip. The older children were not wearing masks, either.
Denaro later denied calling the cashier a racial slur. She insisted in an interview with the New York Post, “I didn’t call him the N-word. I called him a term to describe his behaviour.”
In the days since the confrontation, Denaro has been using a new Instagram account to defend herself amid the backlash. In one of several posts shared on March 24, Denaro claimed the first amendment protected her right to use any word she wants.
She posted an image of the American flag and wrote: “I STAND BY WHAT I SAID!!!! You mistreat me with my children.
You infringed on my freedoms. I have freedom of speech. I can SAY WHAT I FEEL. Leave me alone and stop attacking me for saying my opinion. Do you know what the 1st amendment is? FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
I don’t see you all getting mad about the others that use that word? Go focus on more important problems like Chicago’s murder rate… Stop telling me how to live my life.”
Denaro was raised in Queens, according to a profile on Amazon. She wrote on the page that she enrolled at New York University in 2000 and “had the privilege of living in downtown Manhattan during the World Trade Center attacks and the aftermath of the Iraq War.”
She added that the experience “informed much of her writing and political identity.”
On one of her Instagram accounts, Denaro suggested she was involved in theatre as a college student. In March 2017, she posted a photo of what appears to be two medals with the caption, “Best Actress ’01, ’02 #NYU #dramaqueen.”
Denaro has published two poetry books on Amazon. She wrote on her Amazon profile that the second book, American’t Romance, provided a “bird’s eye view of the racial and sexual tensions that complicate relationships in a place as diverse as New York City.”