‘Ok, boomer’


Stephanie West, Staff Writer

A New Zealand politician was giving a speech supporting a proposed climate crisis bill, when they were interrupted by another, more elder, politician sitting in the room. Her response to him has the younger generations amused. 

“Ok, boomer” has become a saying used by fed up millennials, complaining about the out-of-touch Baby Boomers and their patronizing opinions. An article on the New York Times calls the, “Ok boomer phenomenon a rallying cry for millions of fed up kids.”

She later made a statement about her words, addressing the many people who were upset by her quick witted comeback, ““Today I have learnt that responding succinctly and in perfect jest to somebody heckling you about *your age* as you speak about the impact of climate change on *your generation* with the literal title of their generation makes some people very mad,” she wrote. “So I guess millennials ruined humor. That, or we just need to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and abstain from avocados. That’s the joke.”

Swarbrick was speaking about the Zero Carbon Bill, which would set a target of zero carbon emissions for the country by 2050. She was speaking about how many previous generations have been fully aware of what was happening, but decided to keep it a secret. She then went on to say that her generation, and the future ones will not have that option. She then admitted that in 2050, she would be 56, which is older than the average age for most politicians. That comment of hers was what prompted the comment made by another senator about how she was ‘too young.’