J David Alvarez, aka DavidAlvareeezy, has been giving audiences a look at the fun side of being Mexican for years on YouTube. He has a whole series dedicated to it called #GrowingUpMexican. However, commentary on Mexican families isn’t all that Alvarez brings tot he camera. The YouTuber brings a lot of personality to the different characters he portrays. Here are five videos to show the social media star’s range and comedic chops.
He totally nailed the experience of celebrating Christmas with your Mexican family.
Nothing is funnier than finding one person for everyone to pick on during major family events. However, it totally sucks when you are the one on the receiving end of the jokes. Seriously, have you ever tried to exist in a safe space but constantly felt attacked? That’s life with a Mexican family.
He even keeps things relevant in the funniest way because trending topics matter.
Everyone has been debating this since the video first hit the internet. Do you hear Yanny or Laurel? While most of us might already feel sick from hearing this over and over, Alvarez came through with a really fun twist on the controversy. Imagine how awkward it must be to live as a Laurel in this crazy world.
He gives everything a Mexican spin, even Uber drivers.
You probably never thought about this before but watching it is everything you ever imagined. Low key, this could be any of our tíos with the kind of stunts the driver is pulling.
And he definitely understands the struggle of having a Latina mom.
It says Mexican mom but these are characteristics all of our Latina moms share. How many times has your mom told you a little too much about her love life? Too often, huh?
But it is clear that he is at his best when he takes it back to his roots and gives us the Mexican content so many people crave.
Low key, though. Most of this stuff transcends all nationalities. Every Latina mother, whether Mexican, Cuban, Venezuelan, or Colombian, have a hand chancla they keep around just to teach us a lesson. #Nostalgia
This country — already divided between liberals and conservatives — is now enduring another division, but this time it’s a generational thing. Young people, who typically get the brunt of being a scapegoat, are calling foul against older people who never get tired of life-splaining. This type of separation is nothing new, the only difference with generational venting is that we now have the internet to help us shout it out from the rooftops. Thanks to memes, TikTok, and hashtags, each message whether valid or not gets punctured into the cultural-sphere and lives there for a week or so and then hibernates until the next internet phenomenon. This week the Boomers are to blame for our societies woes — sort of.
Before we explain the #OKBoomer hashtag, here’s a breakdown of generational age groups, so you can keep track of the players:
Here’s where each age group stands.
The Greatest Generation (or GI Generation): Born in 1924 or earlier.
The Silent Generation: Born 1925-1945.
Baby Boomers: Born 1946-1964.
Generation X: Born 1965-1976.
Xennials: Born 1977-1984.
Millennials: Born 1985-1996.
Generation Z: Born 1997-current.
Now back to the drama.
Generation Z has been using the term “Ok Boomer” for a couple of months. Now, the rest of the world has finally caught on thanks to some trendy new merch and Twitter dialogue.
After discussing the “Ok Boomer” phrase with a Gen Z person in my household, they told me that it’s basically a term that young people are saying in response to old people who think they know better. “It’s like us saying ‘whatever.'” They added, “we are just making fun of them and everybody.” The sentiment goes a lot deeper than that.
“The older generations grew up with a certain mindset, and we have a different perspective,” 19-year-old Shannon O’Connor told the New York Times. O’Conner created a very stylish hoodie with the “Ok Boomer” phrase on it, and she sold more than 10,000 sweatshirts. “A lot of them 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.”
Now some (white) Boomers are getting their panties in a bunch and saying #OkBoomer is like using the N-word. Um… don’t think so, buddy.
Yes, “Bob Lonsberry,” a Christian, father, and veteran actually compared “OKBoomer” to the N-word. He just proves some older people need to take a seat and shut up.
Some have wondered if older Latino people would ever be okay if their kid was flippant enough to dismiss them with that term.
Latinos on social media said they would never disrespect their elders by saying “OKBoomer” to them. While others shared, Latino Boomers aren’t to blame for today’s societal issues.
We’re not sure how long “OKBoomer” will last, but just for posterity purposes, here are some of the best #OKBoomer tweets, memes, videos, and songs — there’s a lot out there.
Where’s the lie?
This little diddy goes to those 65 and older.
It’s pretty catchy and you can dance to it.
Let’s keep one thing straight: a hashtag isn’t nearly as bad as oppression.
Why do Boomers have such thin skin?
Gen Z’ers are bringing up serious issues.
This “OKBoomer” trend might seem silly to some, but when you break it down, these young people will be confronted with a new way of life that will be nothing like anyone has ever experienced, including Boomers.
A fight to the death! Or at least a fight on social media.
That work of art belongs in the Louvre museum in Paris.
This Gen Z master should run for president.
Mr. Trump, now that is what you call a good thread.
If you’re wondering when and how you can use the “OK Boomer” term and tell off your least favorite old person to be quiet, here’s a near-perfect example.
The video above features a white older male telling all of Generation Z that their idea of a utopian world is not possible because it’s not sustainable. Yadda Yadda Yadda, “ok boomer.”
“DING DONG MY LOANS ARE DEAD💀,” Mandy Velez, 28, announced to her friends and family on social media. “It is with immense pleasure that I announce the death of my student loans. On August 2, 2019, after 6 years, I finally killed them. It was a slow death but was worth every bit of the fight.” Velez shared the extent to which she penny-pinched, side-hustled, and made advances in her full-time career. That might mean that Velez put away an average of $17k every year for the last six years while working and living in New York City. The real story is far more impressive.
To celebrate, Velez asked her childhood friend, Mike Arrison, to bring his photography gear and meet her at a cemetery. She wore a long, black tulle skirt, and a black lace crop top. Her prop was four $.80 silver foil balloons that read: 102k. She even pulled off a viral, low-budget funeral for her student loan debt.
“I never asked for or received help. No one ever paid my bills,” Mandy Velez proudly shared.
The good news is that Velez is holding her strategy close to the chest. She opened up about her whole journey on Instagram. “It began in 2013, when I graduated with a total of 75K in student loans,” she shared. “I moved to New York, but I made sure to pay more than the minimums, which totaled to $1K a month. It was like another rent. I took jobs not based on what I really wanted but what could help me survive. I did this for five years straight.”
At one point, Velez was laid off, but she still never missed a payment.
“Even after a lay-off during this journey, I hustled like hell and never missed a payment,” she confessed. “It was more than most people can do, and I, a single, childless, able-bodied woman consider myself lucky. But still, I carried this burden alone. I never asked for or received help. No one ever paid my bills.”
She savagely “killed the last 32k of debt in EIGHT months.”
Velez felt like her life was “on hold” and reaching a breaking point. She wanted to do more with her money than pay off debt. She wanted a house and a family. That fueled a shocking final blow to her debt and paid off the last $32,000 in just eight months. It wasn’t easy.
Velez lived off a third of her monthly salary to save that $32k.
“Turns out, packing lunches and not taking Ubers can save you a ton,” she wrote in a caption. The rest of her story does sound like murder. “I worked my ass off at work and asked for raises, and got them. I worked three jobs at once, my day job and then side hustles. I walked dogs until my feet literally bled. In the cold. In the rain. In the heat. Nothing was beneath me. I babysat. I cat sat. I stayed up for 24 hours straight to make a few hundred bucks as a TV extra on shows they filmed overnight. I cut my food budget down to merely salad, eggs, chicken and rice,” she revealed.
“I said “no”—my God I said no—,” she continued. “To making memories with my family and friends and prayed there would be other opportunities in the future. Was it easy? No. Worth it? I’m smiling in a cemetery. 102K lifted from my back. You tell me.”
Velez thinks the system is rigged, and that America needs significant policy change to freely educate their citizens.
“Lots of people will see my story and say, see if she could do it, so can you. But I don’t think that,” she said. She acknowledges that she was lucky in being able-bodied and healthy enough to miss entire nights of sleep and work three jobs. “Not everyone can do this,” she warns. Why? The game is rigged. “Only those who play know it,” she says.
Velez is sharing her story because she doesn’t “feel we student borrowers deserve the hardship that comes with these loans: high interest rates, sketchy providers, yearly tuition hikes, the list goes on.” She hopes that her story will inspire those who are in the game to murder their loans. She also hopes it better informs those who are considering playing. Finally, she wants you to vote for “policy that makes the system much more fair. Any little bit of action helps.”
Of course, what’s a celebratory funeral without endless gratitude to the Puerto Rican mami that supported her through it all?
“To my mom who saved me from a year more of debt by encouraging me to go to a state school first,” she begins her Instagram tribute, “even though we sobbed together when the financial aid to Syracuse and Boston wasn’t enough. I’m sorry I gave you so much trouble. I am so grateful for your foresight. I love you always and forever. Thank you, everyone, for cheering me on.”
What’s next for Velez? Girl’s finally taking a much-needed vacation.
First thing’s first. She has an emergency fund set aside. Next, she’ll set aside money for taxes for all the dog walking and other side gigs. Then, she’ll start saving money for a down payment on a house. Finalmente, Velez has her “Sights set on Sicily next year” and is taking recommendations. The cherry on top of a successful slaying and funeral? “A cool thing about paying off debt is now having that extra income for ME. And the things *I* want to save for. Not filling the pockets of predatory lenders with insanely high interest rates. Feels amazing.🖤”
Our deepest, gratifying condolences to you, Velez. Felicidades.