Karma is a bitch
Karma is a bitch stems from an universal belief that “you get what you deserve” or “whatever goes around, comes around”.
“Karma” is a common concept in many religions, and their followers believe that whatever you do, how you behave and how you treat others will eventually come back to you.
Good actions and intent causes a good “karma”, and something good will happen to you.
Bad actions or intents causes a bad karma, and something bad will happen to you.
The phrase “karma is a bitch” usually refers to the latter example, when you or someone you know have obviously done something wrong, and it comes back to bite your/their ass.
Origin of the term
Although “karma” is a core concept in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Taoism, its first mention was in the Hindu Brihadaranyaka Upanishad.
The term “karma” means work, deed, or action.
“Karma is a bitch” is a variation of the preceding saying “payback’s a bitch”.
Spread of the term
“Karma is a bitch” has become a common catchphrase and caption for stories or videos where someone visibly deserved what came for them, particularly on Youtube.
In the popular 2017 Netflix series Riverdale, character “Veronica” says the phrase, leading to a massive TikTok challenge where users lips sync the line, followed by a massive makeover.