OK Boomer

From the illustrious pen of the inimitable Alec Hogg

Earlier in November 2019, 25-year old Chlöe Swarbrick of the New Zealand Green Party, gave a striking speech about climate change in parliament – urging the country to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050 – but was interrupted by opposition spokesperson for climate change, Todd Muller. Swarbrick promptly dismissed his comment by saying: “OK boomer”, sending the expression into social media viral superspace and offending quite a few Baby Boomers along the Twitter feed.

She later explained, “My ‘OK boomer’ comment in parliament was off-the-cuff, albeit symbolic of the collective exhaustion of multiple generations set to inherit ever-amplifying problems in an ever-diminishing window of time. It was a response – as is par-for-the-course – to a barrage of heckling in a parliamentary chamber that at present turns far too many regular folks off from engaging in politics.”

She was followed a few weeks later by Matt Gaetz, one of President Donald Trump’s loyal devotees, who used “OK boomer”, in response to presidential counsellor Kellyanne Conway, who had mumbled her opposition to legalising marijuana.

Okay people, everyone calm down now.

In this newsletter, we examine the generational face-off, or when grandpa and junior go head-to-head over which generation has it better (Mine. No, mine. No, MINE).

“I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice.” – Kanye West