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Issue 17 Out Now

"Ok Gayle, Enough!: SoHo Karen Goes Wild

Miya Ponsetto, a 22-year-old California native, is the latest “Karen” to go viral for once again accusing innocent black people of a crime they did not commit. In this situation, it was a 14-year-old teenager over a missing iPhone. It seems that 2020 couldn’t go peacefully into the night without stirring up old wounds regarding race, bigotry, and discrimination. On December 26th, 2020, Keyon Harrold Sr, distinguished jazz trumpeter, vocalist, songwriter, producer, and son of the same name, was accused by Ponsetto of taking her iPhone with no evidence. In a minute-long video shared on Harrold’s Instagram, the young Karen is yelling at Arlo Hotels’ manager (where both the father and son were residing) that the child took her phone and wanted to see it for herself. The manager asked to see the phone in which Harrold Sr. refused. Harrold voices his frustration as he states that his son is not the only one with an iPhone. The video ended with Ponsetto lunging after Harrold Jr. and pushed to the floor. The hotel’s surveillance cameras later show that she tackled his son to the floor. Before things got any worse, an uber driver came up and informed her that she left her phone in their car. She left without even offering an apology to Mr. Harrold or his son. The video went viral, with thousands demanding the arrest of Ponsetto. Working with the NYPD, the Ventura County Officers arrested Ponsetto with force as she resisted arrest, including not getting out of her car and slamming the car door on one of the officers. It appears this is not her first run-in with the law:

  • After she left the Arlo Hotels, she allegedly smashed through an Airbnb apartment door after locking herself out (as of this moment, there are no charges).

  • On Oct. 3rd, a video shows police officers arresting Miya Ponsetto on a DUI charge. It shows Ponsetto resisting arrest claiming to be a victim, even though her blood alcohol levels were twice the legal limit. According to TMZ, along with the DUI, Ponsetto was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing or delaying a peace officer or EMT (she was currently on probation for another DUI where she pleaded no contest).

Throughout this ordeal, Ponsetto shows no remorse nor self-accountability for her actions. That became more clear after her destructive interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning. Fumbling around her words like a five-year-old in trouble, she apologies to the Harrold family but states she is not the monster people are portraying her to be. In her defense, she claimed she wasn’t racially profiling the teen or be racist because she is a “woman of color.” Ponsetto’s attorney, Sharen Ghatan, attempted to paint her client as a young woman going through anxiety attacks. However, while proudly wearing a hat with the word “daddy” on it, she cuts off King, who was letting her know of her actions, with a hand motion and saying, “Ok Gayle, that’s enough!” Ponsetto has been charged with two counts of attempted assault, attempted robbery, and endangering a child.

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