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Twitter users are defending childless millennials’ right to wear Mickey Mouse ears, take a ride on the Tower of Terror and visit Cinderella. They’re responding to a viral Tweet and a New York Post op-ed, which both claim that childless millennials should not visit Disney World.
Twitter user Jennifer Kathleen posted an anonymous screenshot of a mom complaining about millennials at Disney World on Facebook. The mother detailed how her 3-year-old child wanted a pretzel at the theme park, but the lines were too long. The mom told her son he could have a pretzel later. She added that the situation, “broke his poor little heart.”
The mom then targeted a “childless millennial” who was further up in the line and got a pretzel before her son did.
“I WANTED TO TAKE THAT PRETZEL FROM THAT TRAMP LIKE THANKS BITCH YOU MADE MY SON CRY!!!!” the angry mother wrote, adding that childless millennials should be “banned” from Disney World.
This is my new favorite wild mommy post. It’s me, the millennial slut who just goes to Disney World to make children cry pic.twitter.com/COokEiTdMm— Jen and the Holophantoms of the Opera (@JenKatWrites) July 19, 2019
Thousands of Twitter users shared and responded to the tweet, which was posted on July 19. Most are either criticizing the mother’s rant or defending millennials’ right to visit the theme park.
Disney is for children, as evidenced by this "grown" child who doesn't want to share and blames other people for her decisions.— The Man in Black (@Writer_in_Black) July 21, 2019
There's a lot of millennials, especially conservative millennials, who sneer about millennials. It's the "I'm not like other girls" but for a generation.— Laura Truxillo (@Truxillogical) July 22, 2019
Some of us DO know EXACTLY what it’s like to stand in a 3 hour line with a cranky hungry tired child... and that’s why we’re not having them 😅— Jen the Bad Decision Fairy ✨ (@JenKatWrites) July 19, 2019
She wants to ban childless visitors AND wants mothers with children to be able to skip line? I don't think she thought that through.— Name cannot be blank (@Jezzerat) July 21, 2019
That’s when op-ed writer Johnny Oleksinski from the New York Post got ahold of the story. Although the mother’s post is explicative-laced and riddled with anger, there is a kernel of truth to it, he said. The problem, he added, is that millennials keep reliving their childhood experiences instead of trying new things.
He calculated that a person has to pay about $1,664 for a five-day trip to Disney World. Instead, he thinks millennials should spend their money on new experiences, like a trip to Paris, France.
“Oh who am I kidding? You’ll skip the Louvre and go straight to Disneyland Paris,” Oleksinski wrote.
Needless to say, the op-ed also didn’t go over too well on Twitter.
“Not all of us grew up where our families could afford to take us to Disney. Take your entitled, judgmental, caps-lock for brains havin ass and shove it,” one user fired back with a great point.
I wish millennials could afford to have kids and go to Disneyworld. Can't have both.— Dingbat Changstein (@iamnotatwit) July 27, 2019
Not all of us grew up where our families could afford to take us to Disney. Take your entitled, judgmental, caps-lock for brains havin ass and shove it.https://t.co/l7oMA39JoW— hernanat (@antfeedr) July 27, 2019
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Sierra Juarez is a freelance journalist and fact-checker based in Mexico. She most enjoys writing about human rights and politics and working in audience engagement. Her work has appeared in the Texas Tribune, the Austin American–Statesman, and the San Antonio Current.