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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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Too bad unfounded hatred and ignorance continues. As a boomer, we rioted against vietnam, we rioted at the democratic convention, we were killed at kent state, we were vilified because we looked different, we fought the establishment, we impeached nixon, we picketed - i could go on. I am sick to death of entitled little ****ers who think they're better than anyone else.

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The actual problem is that nobody else seems to know that this phrase isnt inherently an insult(or at least not a new insult). Anybody familiar with classic situation of person from an older generation being unfamiliar with what the newer generation is doing and being met with "whatever old man!" It's just that, it's nothing new. There will more than likely always be specific generation gap where there is a lack of understanding between the 2 sides.

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Just another example of lack of coherence between the generations. Each generation since the 1960s has become more and more alienated from the other. The latter generations don’t believe they can learn anything from the previous generations. It’s really a sad situation.

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Growing up , I would never and not even think to say anything that would show DISRESPECTFUL to my Parents. (PERIOD.)

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Every generation was taught to respect their elders, except zoomers. I think it's because their used to saying anything they want on line and remaining anonymous / not held responsible for their actions. Not listening to their parents because they are( busy )on their phone, and getting a unrealistic sense of accomplishment.(thinking they're the best thing since the invention of the wheel.

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