Why is it that older generations feel entitled to shame and berate young people, but when they hear ‘ok boomer’ they suddenly play the victim? Why is it okay for boomers to denigrate us as ‘typical millennials’ when they’re confronted with something they don’t like? Why do they think they’re justified in sharing an opinion just because they have one?
Just recently I saw an article where boomers were rushing to make an argument for age discrimination if someone used the term ‘ok boomer’ in the workplace. Further, I saw on Twitter that someone compared the term ‘ok boomer’ with calling someone the n-word. Where was all this outrage when millennials were being told they needed to stop buying avocado toast to afford an apartment and being blamed for certain businesses failing? Where was all this outrage in regards to the rights of marginalized groups being stripped all over the world? Oh yeah, boomers were behind all of it.
They’re called the ‘me’ generation for a reason. There’s a reason books like A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America exist. The self-help movement and absolute obsession with being better at the cost of social responsibility was and is the hallmark of their generation. I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise then that so often they feel the need to interject their own wrong and self-involved feelings and opinions into conversations and take offence to the most mundane of criticisms. It just shows that this fixation on bettering the self didn’t also include the ability to self critique and admit wrongdoing.
Now before you play the ‘not all …’ card, keep in mind one of two things. Firstly, stereotypes associated with ‘ok boomer’ are more so an aesthetic, a way of life, than the demographic delineation for a group of people born between 1946 and 1964. If you espouse outdated ideologies, whether you are 25 or 65, about climate change, immigration, economics, race, gender or feel the need to protect someone who has benefited from someone else’s oppression, you will be told ‘ok boomer’ as well, it does not discriminate based on age.
Secondly, if something I’ve said has hurt you, maybe ask yourself why. Is it because I’ve critiqued an in-group of yours and you’re feeling targeted? Does the baby boomer generation define who you are in such a way that you can’t separate yourself from a generalized critique? Or is it because you vehemently disagree with the things I’ve said and want to keyboard warrior me and tell me where I’ve messed up in my assessment? Rest assured that it is not just me, a lone millennial, who feels this way. Academics have written about this topic ad nauseum, in a much more scholarly way than I have.
If you find yourself in a flight of fancy and wish to read more about the topic, Google is your friend. But in the meantime, I would suggest you drop the fake outrage over ‘ok boomer’ and join the rest of us to clean up the messes that your generation made, we could use the help.