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There is little Baby Boomers seem to love more than dunking on millennials. Millennials have killed everything, from department stores to Applebee’s and spend more time eating avocados than getting outrageous home loans we will never be able to afford. We are a generation ruined by participation trophies and caring about things like the environment and people’s feelings–and boomers love making sure we know what sensitive little snowflakes we are because of it.
While we all may be too busy working multiple jobs to afford skyrocketing rent prices (because somebody killed the economy) to put too much effort into comebacks, it turns out very little effort is needed in that department.
Millennials and Gen Zers have made a casual hobby of responding to things the older folks say with nothing more than “OK boomer”–and it’s driving them absolutely insane.
boomers: people on this app are way too sensitive stop being SNOWFLAKES— abbie☆彡 (@spicyabbie) October 17, 2019
us: ok boomer
Can you believe that trump supporters are angry at millenials using 'ok boomer' to make fun of them but theyre talking about how the 'stupid snowflake millenials' are too sensitive to take a joke?— Crypticody (@Crypticody1) October 20, 2019
Listen Henry, jokes need a set-up and punch line. 'Fuck Gay People' aint a joke
ok boomer congrats y’all had sex and then fucked up the whole economy shut up https://t.co/VUaPAyEIrl— elijah daniel (@elijahdaniel) October 15, 2019
white cishet men after someone replies with "ok boomer" when theyre angry pic.twitter.com/KlHnWyqqkQ— SHE RA SPOILERS S4 (@kebabovertoes) October 21, 2019
While “OK boomer” has been around for a minute, it’s picked up steam recently thanks to TikTok. Teens are posting videos mocking older people who put down the younger generations for idiotic reasons. And most of the videos are even set to various remixes of the song “Ok Boomer” by Jedwill and Peter Kuli, which largely just repeats the phrase “OK boomer” on a very catchy and aggressive loop.
Can't believe I found jedwill's ok boomer out in the wild!https://t.co/hxU1gqH44F— TheBearCrab (@bear_crab) October 20, 2019
apparently ok boomer is going viral on tiktok this is a certified “I listened to it before it was cool” moment— emta (@emtaart) October 16, 2019
And as internet memes tend to do, “OK boomer” is slowly creeping into real life, intentionally or not.
“My grandma said some dumb shit and i almost said ‘ok boomer’ this website is hell,” one user admitted.
my grandma said some dumb shit and i almost said “ok boomer” this website is hell— 5’3 lil softboi (@kindasofthan) October 21, 2019
tiktok is ruining my life my brother asked why my parents won’t let me bleach my hair and my dad went “it’s just not something you should do” and i went “ok boomer” hES LITERALLY NOT EVEN A BOOMER— noah czerny lovebot ★ (@KEVIlNDAY) October 17, 2019
The best kind of comeback is often simple and something that cannot be argued with, and refusing to engage boomers with anything more than “OK boomers” seems to be working perfectly. It also has the added bonus of being confusing and easily merchandised.
why Are p eople saying Ok boomer to me?????— Not Yoko Ono (@yokoohno) October 24, 2019
God help the generation that ends up killing memes.
Rachel Kiley is a writer who sometimes writes things and sometimes is based in L.A., but is definitely always on Twitter @rachelkiley.