@mj@stolicat I’m Boomer/X and I say “ok, boomer”. I don’t see it as an attempt to be cool, just an expression of how goddamned annoying and unintentionally ironically condescending most Boomers are toward younger generations. Add in the actual damage Boomers have done—even just to politics in this country.
Speaking of which, while it’s a nice bonus when it happens, it’s not a high priority for me that the people I’m mocking (at least in this and some similar scenarios; it differs when I mock my friends) get the joke. They wouldn’t, would they? That’s part of the point.
@VanDog Oh, just anyone who’s one of those dang young’uns or old fogies or somewhere in betweeners.
I remember getting crushed by my parents’ generations when I was young, and I remember the rude things I’d say about them - now it’s interesting to be on the other end (way on the other end), realizing how shallow and stupid it all was when I was young and how it, sadly, hasn’t seemed to change.
There are various, and probably valid socio/psychological theories on how/why generational conflict is unavoidable and possibly even good for us - I just wish we could be a little more civil about it.
Ummm this is like putting the full n word on a shirt… I’m a bit disappointed… age discrimination is discrimination and one of the protected groups… similarly what’s next don’t want babies kick a pregnant woman? Or maybe anti lgbt and anti straight marriage shirts.
@sohmageek@sjk3@vandog Hey guys, I’m sorry you’re offended. I really don’t see it that way. It’s kind of an obnoxious meme - but no worse than hashtagging “snowflake” or condescending Gene WIlder. I’m not sure how you can make the connection to the “N-word”… Baby Boomers are legitimately called Boomers; it’s just saying it sarcastically. Is “Ok Millennial” offensive?
@marcee it’s the discrimination that’s behind it. Generational warfare. More of the disrespect in it. I find the whole ok boomer very offensive. This coming from a former goat that usually doesn’t give a flying fuck. and I’m not a boomer either. But I hate being called a millennial as I tend to be more gen x than millennial.
@marcee Boomer here, I think it’s funny that people find it offensive. But then my son’s Meh login is Snowflake (he did that not me). I’m not going to give a bunch of kids the power to make me feel bad about when I was born.
@marcee@sammydog01 I’m a little taken aback that people can compare this to the n word. That didn’t start until some news article made a big deal about it. No one gave a shit until then. Ok Boomer has been around for a while.
Meanwhile “millennials are killing everything”.
Ok Boomer is a response when the older generation doesn’t listen. It’s pretty much like saying, “ok, Dad” and rolling your eyes.
How the fuck that can be compared to the n word is beyond me.
@marcee@RiotDemon My son used to text me the “shut the fuck up boomer” meme so I see this as an improvement. I have a feeling that not too many boomers are really offended by this- just the press doing their usual thing.
@marcee@sohmageek I once explained to a coworker they were ignorant of a policy at work. They lost their shit, broke down crying, and took me to HR for hate speech.
I think we are in an age of over-correcting, and boomer is no more offensive than any other statistician-created generational label (Millennial, Gen-W/e). It’s just a silly meme, and as a social issue, nonexistent. If you’re comparing two words, the one you won’t say is probably the worse one.
We could, as a people, stop being offended and use that time for something productive.