The “OK boomer” Phenomenon

Amanda Swank, Editor-in-Chief

The phrase “OK boomer”, which started as an Internet meme from the lip-syncing app, TikTok, has blown up in pop culture.

It originated as a response to an audio clip of an older man complaining about how “The millennials and Generation Z have the Peter Pan syndrome, they don’t ever want to grow up.”. The reply from thousands of teens across the platform? “Ok boomer”, which is directed towards the baby boomer generation.Ever since then, the phrase has been repeated and used as a witty comeback to complaints from anyone over 30 who criticizes younger people.

There has been amazing backlash from older generations against the sentiment. Bob Lonsberry, a 60 year-old radio host has come under fire due to comparing “boomer” to the n-word.

“‘Boomer’ is the n-word of ageism,” said Lonsberry, in a now deleted tweet. “Being hip and flip does not make bigotry ok, nor is a derisive epithet acceptable because it is new,”.

The Internet has responded to this unpopular tweet with wise words from John Mulaney, a stand-up comedian: “If you’re comparing the badness of two words, and you won’t even say one of them? That’s the worse word.”

Many teenagers and young adults are unhappy with issues that have been handed down to them, such as climate change, college debt, and the current political climate. Resentment from Millenials, and particularly Generation Z, against the problems left to them by baby boomers has culminated into this simple retort, which continues to take the Internet by storm.