In a recent incident that garnered widespread attention, a woman known as ‘Poolside Karen’ unleashed a tirade against a Latino family during a gathering at a Colorado swimming pool over the July 4 weekend. Blair Featherman, 49, was caught on video losing her composure and making offensive remarks, which were later revealed in newly released Lakewood Police bodycam footage.
Featherman’s outburst began when she confronted the Latino family and started hurling insults, labeling them as ‘trashy’ and ‘nasty.’ She even told a police officer that they ‘didn’t belong here’ and expressed frustration, claiming she paid for the pool’s use.
The altercation escalated, leading to a call to the police. When officers arrived at the scene, Featherman tried to justify her behavior by stating, ‘I’m not usually racist.’ However, she continued to make racially insensitive comments, suggesting that the family wouldn’t be arrested ‘because they are Latinos.’
Members of the Latino family explained to the officers that they were residents of the Alta Green Mountain complex and had legitimately rented the clubhouse for a family gathering. Independent witnesses from the complex confirmed that Featherman initiated the conflict with aggressive and racist language.
A racist Karen in Lakewood, CO harasses a Latino family for having a pool party in the complex they live in pic.twitter.com/SHu6SWdp80
— Marjorie Gaylor Queen 🏳️🌈 (@Tim_Tweeted) July 5, 2023
Featherman attempted to show a video that she claimed depicted her being attacked by the group, but the officers found no evidence of criminal behavior in the footage. She persisted in asserting that people were getting away with everything ‘because they are Latinos.’
Despite Featherman’s denial, the original TikTok video showcased her berating the family, using derogatory language, and physically confronting a member of the group who was recording the incident. The situation escalated as Featherman’s aggressive behavior drew a crowd, and the police eventually intervened.
Throughout the confrontation, Featherman continued to make xenophobic remarks, demanding that the family ‘get the f*** out’ and ‘go back down to Denver.’ She even berated them for having what she referred to as a ‘Mexican party in a pool.’
The video concluded with the arrival of police officers, who engaged in conversation with Featherman and the man who had restrained her during the confrontation.
Featherman later defended herself, stating that she had been provoked into making inappropriate comments and that the video did not fully capture the entire context of the incident. She claimed that she was attacked after pointing out that the family was violating pool rules regarding guest limits.
Featherman acknowledged her mistake in getting involved in the argument but argued that her frustration had reached a breaking point due to the family’s behavior. She contended that they had used racial slurs against her, further exacerbating the situation.
In light of this incident, it serves as a reminder of the importance of treating all individuals with respect and dignity, regardless of their background or ethnicity, and to refrain from making prejudiced and offensive comments. Such behavior only serves to divide communities and perpetuate stereotypes and discrimination.