Boomers Just Found Out About ‘OK Boomer’
They’re not happy
What you need to know
- Much like the climate, the generational war is heating up
- OK Boomer is the millennial war cry against the older generation
Alright, there’s a bit of background information that needs to be established to understand this article if you’re not familiar with the Internet or the world.
So, below is a handy glossary of terms to consult before continuing:
Baby Boomers: A nickname for the people born between 1946-1964 many of whom protested against the Vietnam War, nuclear weapon proliferation and environmental threats. Ironically (some might say hypocritically), they are typically frustrated with the way today’s young people protest against climate change.
Millennials: A nickname for people born between 1981-1996 who will never own a house because they spend all their money on smashed avocado and all their time on their iPhones.
OK Boomer: A meme adopted by millennials and used to mock Baby Boomers when they express typically Boomer opinions or engage in typically Boomer behaviour, usually whilst railing against young people. In a sentence: “Someone born in 1952 just tweeted that kids these days are too soft because they’re all given participation awards. So I replied with: ‘OK Boomer’ and then everyone retweeted me and I got seven more followers. I sure showed them!”
So, now that we’re up to date, here’s what’s going on. Basically, Boomers have just found out about millennials saying ‘OK Boomer’ and they’re very upset. Also, in ironically typical Boomer behaviour, it has taken them several months to catch on to this meme. But, now that they’re found out about it, they are livid as they see the meme as a disrespectful and offensive dismissal if what their generation achieved.
According to Taylor Lorenz in The New York Times, ‘OK Boomer’ “marks the end of friendly generational relations.” Millennials see the phrase as a way of cutting down the older generation’s apathy towards young people’s financial, social and environmental challenges. It’s a rallying cry for a generation of people who believe the world is on fire and those in power are twiddling their thumbs. Or it’s an arrogant, self-righteous and narcissistic attack on the generation who put a man on the moon and rebuilt the world after WWII. It seems to depend on which generation you’re from.