In social networks, the dismissive phrase “Okay Boomer” is widely used in response to the statements of the older generation. The expression is also actively used in memes – it is inserted into old templates, invent new formats and respond with new jokes to offended boomers.
“Ok, boomer” is used in cases when they do not want to argue with a complaint, argument or claim of a representative of the older generation – baby boomers born in 1945-1964. The phrase has become a universal response to the accusations of the Zoomers (after 1995) and the Millennials (1985-1995) of resentment, laziness or dependence on technology.
Millennials and zoomers massively say “Okay, Boomer.” The phrase has become a universal response to older generation notations .
The joke even went offline – teenagers sell merchandise and do crafts with the phrase, and the 25-year-old New Zealand deputy answered “Ok Boomer” to a senior member of parliament who interrupted her with a mockery of the girl’s age.
The first mention of the phrase has been found on Twitter since 2018 – then “Okay Boomer” responded to politicians criticizing the millennials and representatives of the Z generation. According to Know Your Meme, the first template with the phrase appeared in early 2019, but it is not known how widely it was used .
After the joke gained popularity thanks to the TikTok flash mob of the same name, they began to insert the phrase in old formats in social networks and come up with new jokes about the generational conflict.
Soon in memes, the phrase “Okay Boomer” began to be used by characters in video games and films. Young heroes so answered the elders with proud or condescending notations.
In the part of memes, users beat the insult that the older generation uses in relation to the younger – “ snowflakes ”. It means sensitive people who are easy to offend or offend.
After the older generation learned about the memorial phrase, they began to write critical articles. Some claimed that the expression was tantamount to a hate crime or a racist insult. Reddit users began to respond with memes to such critics and mockingly advised “not to cry.”
The social networks also remembered what the Boomers blame for the younger generation – supposedly millennials and zoomers spend too much time in phones and computers, smoke vapes and do not play sports. Users recalled that boomers themselves are no better.