#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:
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.”