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Is It OK To Say "OK, Boomer?"
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Is It OK To Say "OK, Boomer?"

Two weeks ago, The New York Times published a piece that has had far-ranging effects and stoked inter-generational ire just by focusing on what could be viewed as an innocuous phrase: “OK, boomer.” The article explains the rising popularity of responding to older people’s opinions by saying “OK, boomer,” referring to their belonging to the Baby Boomer generation. The phrase began among Zoomers and is meant to encapsulate the angst of Gen Z when it comes to the world they’ve inherited—and there may be some legitimacy. Millennials were the first generation worse off than the generation before them. To quote the article:

A lot of [Baby Boomers] don’t believe in climate change or don’t believe people can get jobs with dyed hair, and a lot of them are stubborn in that view. Teenagers just respond, ‘Ok, boomer.’ It’s like, we’ll prove you wrong, we’re still going to be successful because the world is changing.

 

The phrase has gained so much attention that one entrepreneurial Zoomer put a design of the words on clothing and sold more than $10,000 worth of merchandise.

Following the article, “OK, boomer” seems to have captured the cultural moment. A 25 year-old politician in New Zealand used it to silence older hecklers, The Times’ own opinion column weighed in on it, and the Internet is still abuzz with the echo of “OK, boomer” fallout weeks after the article was published.

But is it OK to say “OK, boomer?” Detractors say that at best it’s stereotypical, at worst it’s ageism. Baby Boomer proponents say that it’s a flippant phrase and shouldn’t be given more weight than it deserves.

Where do you fall in the debate? Is it OK for teens and young adults to say “OK, boomer” or are they crossing a line? Let us know in the comments.

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No, it is wrong. If we are living in a PC culture, this is unacceptable ageism.

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Discrimination in any form is poisonous. We live in an environment of ageism. Those who would bridle at being addressed on the basis of their gender, weight or skin color feel that calling older people"hun" or"young man" is OK. Persons need to be taken for who they are and what they can do.

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To stigmatise a group of people is wrong. You would be charged with an 'ism' if you voiced 'OK Pa#!' 'OK [email protected]#!' ' OK Ho^*' but OK Boomer is OK. No...it...is...not. I wonder were this sits in the PC conscious, woke (what ever woke actually means) peoples brains. By saying it is OK to be so patronising and stigmatising you are effectively saying we people over a certain age have less rights than younger people. It is OK to insult and demean a group of people including the late Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates whose inventions enable the great unwashed to communicate these snide insults instantaneously. So in a nutshell it is Not OK

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Just like all language use, it depends on how and in what context it is stated. If used to degrade or otherwise denigrate others, then it is a poor example of the Millennials who use it. It really only reflects on the person who says it.

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If it weren't MEANT to be an insult/disrespectful, it would be OK! But it is and it is not!

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