By: Sloane Hughes
We ‘ve all heard at length how millennials are the scourge of the earth and will be the cause of society ‘s downfall:
MILLENNIALS ARE KILLING GROCERY STORES!
MILLENNIALS ARE KILLING THE CANNED TUNA INDUSTRY!
MILLENNIALS ARE KILLING GOLF!
MILLENNIALS ARE KILLING SEX IN PARKS!
MILLENNIALS ARE KILLING PANTS!
But consider, for a moment, that it ‘s not millennials who are ruining the planet, because the planet ‘s fate was pretty much signed, sealed, and delivered by the generation who plundered the economy and the environment: baby boomers. And at this point, younger generations that have inherited the various messes created by generations before them have become so fed up with being blamed for trivial bullshit and mislabeled as “lazy ‘ and “entitled ‘, they ‘ve created the perfect, all-encompassing response: “Ok boomer. ‘
This word pairing delivers everything you could want in a retort. It ‘s succinct, it ‘s usable in any situation, it ‘s dismissive, and it ‘s meme-worthy. Some extra butthurt boomers have even go so far as to say that “ok boomer ‘ is a SLUR.
Which is a statement I ‘ll let the great John Mulaney handle:
And now, gloriously, “ok boomer ‘ has even made its way into the political sphere.
Chl ‘e Swarbrick, a Member of Parliament in New Zealand, delivered a speech on climate change and the critical necessity of more aggressive policy to help combat it. She was less than a minute into her speech when another MP (off-camera) threw out some sort of indiscernible heckle, to which Swarbrick swiftly replied, “ok boomer ‘ and carried on.
Of course her retort was criticized afterwards, but don ‘t worry ‘ she had the perfect response for her critics, too.