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#OKBoomer Is The Hashtag Millennials Are Using To Let Baby Boomers Know Their Opinions Aren’t Wanted

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:

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Why do Boomers have such thin skin?

Gen Z’ers are bringing up serious issues. 

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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. 

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That work of art belongs in the Louvre museum in Paris. 

This Gen Z master should run for president.

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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.”

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University Student Arrested For Creating Meme Account Calling Out New Government

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University Student Arrested For Creating Meme Account Calling Out New Government

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On the last day of 2019, Bolivian officials arrested a university student for creating a popular meme account that criticized the controversial change of government. Bolivia saw a change from long-beloved indigenous President Evo Morales to the self-declared Conservative Christian Interim President Jeanine Añez Chavez. The arrest of María Alejandra Salinas comes in the wake of rising concern of the stability of the democracy after military personnel violently ransacked President Morales’ home. Morales is currently living in exile in Mexico City, his new asylum home. Now, those who were concerned about the new right-wing government are troubled to learn of Salinas’s arrest in what they perceive as a violation of free speech. Salinas, herself, was worried before she was even arrested. She deactivated her account just days before her arrest for fear of her own personal safety after receiving numerous death and rape threats.

The new government actions are prompting civilian debate about whether it’s okay for the government to censor and arrest citizens for sharing differing political views.

María Alejandra Salinas ran the meme account Suchel, which reached over 10,000 followers until she shut it down.

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A graduate student in feminist studies at La Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Salinas decided to join the mass protests after the forced resignation of former Bolivian President Morales. She protested in her own way by creating a digital meme account called Suchel that garnered 10,000 followers since Morales’ exile on Nov. 10. If you’re reading this, you probably already understand the art of the meme. Using humor to give cutting insight into political opinions, #Suchel became emblematic of an Internet subculture of Bolivia’s pro-Morales, pro-Indigenous movement.

The government’s move to arrest Salinas only seems to validate Suchel’s followers’ concerns: that the state is seeking to maintain its power by any means necessary, including violating free speech rights.

Others are celebrating the arrest of Salinas, calling her a “digital warrior” seeking to “destabilize the government of our President Jeanine Añez.”

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A Facebook group called “¡El 21-F SE RESPETA!” that had reached an equal size to Suchel’s leftist group is celebrating her arrest. The right-ist group seems to also employ the same use of memes to spread their political ideology. Still, members are celebrating Salinas’s arrest, claiming that she “comes from a bourgeois family that enjoys the honey of capitalism and defends socialism.”

Meanwhile, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) reported that a bot campaign was employed by far-right government factions to influence public opinion in their favor. The CIDH found that 68,000 fake accounts posted over 1 million tweets during a week-long period before, during, and after the coup. Suchel became one of the few authentic informative accounts that indigenous and liberal Bolivians could rely on. 

“They say that I promote hate, indoctrinate people,” Salinas later wrote in a social media post. “This is just a page that doesn’t even reach 10 percent of the population in Bolivia. I have no power over people,” she added. 

According to Salinas, four men physically assaulted her and threatened to rape her if she didn’t give them her phone password.

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Four men who knew that Salinas was the Suchel administrator ganged up on her and physically held her down in front of two police officers. When she refused to give them her cell phone code, they attempted to rape her. Later, when she confronted the police officers who “did nothing,” they told her “it was my fault because I had not listened to them,” according to a shocking social media post in Spanish (pictured above). Salinas was already the victim of sexual assault and death threats and deserved protection rather than persecution. On Dec. 28, Salinas announced that she would be shutting down the Suchel accounts for fear of her and her family’s safety. “Due to the lack of guarantees, I decided today to close Suchel on Facebook, at least until I am sure that my life and that of my family is not at risk,” Salinas posted to Suchel, according to Pagina SieteThree days later, she was arrested.

In a public statement in Spanish, CIDES demanded that “the corresponding authorities give the unrestricted respect for [Salinas’] rights during the legal process that is being carried out and taking into account the risks that due to the gender condition usually involve in these cases,” according to a local outlet.

Already, Suchel 2.0 accounts have popped up on several social media platforms.

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The government’s attempt to control the online narrative of its administration’s rise to power and subsequent human rights violations appears to be unsustainable. While Salinas remains detained by authorities disdainful of her political views, Bolivians continue to raise their voices and seek community on and offline.

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10 Instagram Fails That Prove Many Peoples’ “Best Lives” Are Fake AF

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10 Instagram Fails That Prove Many Peoples’ “Best Lives” Are Fake AF

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Instagram is without a doubt, the social media platform we have the most complicated relationship with. Although the photo-sharing platform was created with the intention of connecting people who want to share special moments from their lives, it has recently devolved into the social media that experts are calling most detrimental to our mental health.

The problem with Instagram lies in the images Instagram users present to the world: staged, curated, and–more increasingly–edited beyond recognition. After all, it’s not like the phrase “do it for the ‘Gram” came out of nowhere. People want to present the best versions of themselves to their followers because they know that that’s what racks up the most likes. The problem with many Instagram users’ “best versions” of themselves, however, is that those versions aren’t based in reality. We compiled a list of the worst Instagram fails of 2019 to show to our readers that what you see isn’t always what you get. Check it out below!

1. This person who edited their face, but not their reflection

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Ahh, the old “I face-tuned my face within an inch of its life but forgot to edit its reflection” problem. Many a brave solider has fallen victim to this mistake. Many more will follow.

2. When even famous celebs are a victim of Instagram fails

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Cardi B’s photoshopping fail proves that even celebrities are insecure about their bodies and feel the need to alter their appearance in pictures. Even someone as beautiful and successful as Cardi B gives in to the pressure to be “perfect” for the public. 

3. When one person edits their face, to the detriment of others

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Look, we all know that pretty much no one looks hot on Christmas morning. We’re always rushed to get out of bed and probably sleep-deprived. It’s unfortunate that a situation least conducive for great photos is the time of year we’re most often in front of the camera. And while most of us resist the urge to face-tune ourselves in the family photo, some people (like the girl on the far left) can’t post a pic without tampering with it. Unfortunately, the end result is jarring and super noticeable.

4. This girl photoshopped a Lamborghini logo on her car’s steering wheel

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We give this girl credit for thinking of new and creative ways to flex on Instagram. Pro tip: if you really want people thinking you own a luxury car, go to a fancy car dealership and ask to test drive the newest model. Then, you can take a selfie in the driver’s seat and no one will ever be any wiser (#sarcasm).

5. This guy photo-shopped weights onto his bar, but forgot to add them to the reflection

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Here’s another Instagram fail where the reflection tells the real story. This is the type of photoshop fail that totally baffles us. Why lie about how much you can lift? It’s pretty easy to tell how strong someone is by looking at their body! 

6. This guy “travels” the world by photo-shopping himself into different locations

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If you’re going to photoshop yourself as a world traveler, at least change up your pose once in a while. 

7. This guy also “travels” the world, but the fence behind him oddly stays the same…

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This guy doesn’t even try to photoshop himself into new locations. Instead, he just changes his location tags and trusts that his followers will believe that he’s jet-setting around the globe. But it doesn’t take a genius to see that he’s sitting in the same location in both “Israel” and “Belarus”. 

8. This guy went a little over-board on the teeth-whitening tool

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This picture is a prime example of Instagram influencers taking something that looks great in moderation and ramping up the intensity until it’s no longer attractive. Also on that list? Full lips, curvaceous bodies, and smooth skin. 

9. This cloud pattern seems to oddly follow this Influencer all over the world

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This picture is an example of how much Instagram has warped the minds of its users. While editing your photos used to be about removing a pimple or fixing red eye, now people feel the need to add perfect, fluffy clouds in their skies to keep up the illusion of a flawless life. 

10. This “artist” shows photos of different paintings, but the palette in her hand never changes

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Where do we even start with this Instagram fails? To begin with, it seems highly unlikely that a real painter would wear such nice clothes when dealing with paints that could potentially ruin their fabric.

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