Published: Fri, November 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Why ‘OK boomer’ is causing controversy, from politics to late night

Why ‘OK boomer’ is causing controversy, from politics to late night

A 25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker shut down a heckler during a climate change speech with a two-word comeback aimed at older people.

The phrase, which went viral on TikTok, is a Gen Z epithet for middle-aged people - so Baby Boomers - who are condescending, or treat young people like "snowflakes".

The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill sets out a 10 per cent reduction target for biological methane emissions by 2030, and "aims" for a 24-47 per cent reduction by 2050. And one other survey by the analysis group Ipsos confirmed that millennial Republicans maintain related positions as Democrats of the identical age on environmental points. I'm glad every day that's she's there. I get a rush of pleasure every time I'm scrolling through Twitter and I encounter a quote-tweeted absurd opinion from an old white dude accompanied by a dismissive "OK, boomer". "Yet right now the average age of this 52nd Parliament is 49 years old", Swarbrick said as some heckling can be heard.

When her colleague interrupted, Swarbrick coolly responded, "OK, Boomer", and resumed her speech.

Yet, maybe Swarbrick's use of the term is a reminder of why it's relevant.

She also wrote on Facebook that her remark was "in ideal jest" to a colleague who she said had heckled her about her own age while speaking about the impact of climate change on her generation.

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The phrase acknowledges that "you can not win a deeply polarised debate - facts don't matter", she said.

@_chloeswarbrick DID say "okay boomer" in New Zealand's Parliament!

"It's better to acknowledge that perhaps energy is better spent elsewhere", Swarbrick told Stuff.

The phrase is so new, captioning of Swarbrick's speech didn't even pick up on it, New Zealand Herald reporter Jason Walls noted. Welcome to generation "baby berma" folks.

Swarbick said later in a Facebook post that people were upset about her remarks. An official transcript of the hearing correctly records Swarbrick's comment.

Young people have suffered a decade of jibes about how millennials have ruined everything and need to "pull our socks up, or something", she said. The parliament's social media team later issued an apology. Then, or we just need to cheer ourselves up through our self-service, and abstain from voting on avocados.

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