Over the past few weeks, the phrase “ok boomer” has been taking the internet by storm.
“Ok boomer” is a phrase that is used to call out those in the Baby Boomer generation. The phrase has also become a “rallying cry” for those in the younger generation who want to be heard.
The phrase has been popularized by generation Z, mainly on TikTok. The videos include text with an opinion held by boomers, and then the younger person responding “ok boomer.” One example of this is “You don’t believe in climate change? Ok boomer.”
The media has gained wind of the internet phrase, which has been featured in both the New York Times and the Washington Post.
While this term was started by younger generations to call out those in older generations, it has seen some backlash against its users.
For example, some have described the term as dismissive, while in actuality, the phrase is meant to counteract the dismissive comments and ideals of the older generation.
Personally, I feel that those who call the phrase dismissive are those who deserve to have “ok boomer” used against them. If someone were to say that they don’t agree with climate change, I respond “ok boomer” and they backlash at me? It just further proves the point that they are dismissive of other people's thoughts and opinions.
For those of you who get offended by the phrase, stop and ask yourself this. Why are you offended by the phrase?
Moreover, you should think of what you can do differently to not warrant an “ok boomer.” Maybe educate yourself on the matter, such as climate change, or have a conversation with someone with different beliefs, or even a different generation, and find out why they believe that way.
Apart from generation Z using this phrase, it has gained traction with people in politics. A 25-year-old New Zealand politician responded to heckling by an older man in parliament with “ok boomer.”
Millennials are also taking this phrase by storm, as they too are done with being criticized by the boomers.
For years, the term millennial has become a negative stereotype, that even millennials disassociate themselves from it.
Some millennials have said that while they are in crippling student debt, have an unlivable minimum wage and have bad healthcare, they are routinely told by boomers to “pull themselves up” and to stop complaining so much.
This phrase is a way for them to combat the years of oppression that they have faced from the boomer generation.
To “ok boomer,” I say hooray. Boomers have had their time to shine, and it is our time. While this is not to dismiss any great things that boomers have done or say that their time is up, the future is now. Millennials and Generation Z will be here longer than the boomers, and it is about time that we start standing up for what we believe in.
We have had enough of being told “You’re too young to care,” or “You’re wrong.” It’s 2019 and it's time we stand up for our beliefs and for our future country.
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The views expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of The Torch.