Wednesday, 13 November, 2019


A Millennial Politician Dropped an "OK, Boomer" on Her Heckling Colleague

Chlöe Swarbrick quips 'OK boomer' at National MP during climate speech 25-year-old politician shuts down heckler with viral phrase 'OK Boomer'
Bennie Garza | 08 November, 2019, 12:31

A 25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker giving a speech supporting a climate crisis bill was heckled by an older member of Parliament.

Lawmaker Chloe Swarbrick, a member of New Zealand's Green Party, speaks about climate change in the New Zealand Parliament on November 5, 2019.

When her colleague interrupted, Swarbrick coolly responded, "OK, Boomer", and resumed her speech.

The term, a viral meme among millennials and Generation Z, exploded this year on the TikTokay social media app, where countless mocking videos are calling out what young people perceive as out-of-touch Baby Boomers and their patronising opinions.

While it is unclear whether or not the phrase has been used in New Zealand's parliament before now, Parliament TV was certainly caught off-guard, initially captioning the utterance as "OK, Berma".

Though "OK, boomer", began making the digital rounds some time in early 2019 - or at least early enough for someone to remix it into a song in July - the phrase finally hit the cultural stratosphere in late October, when the New York Times presented a deep dive on the topic. T-shirts and hoodies with the phrase have appeared on online marketing sites.

It is unclear who had spoken and what was said when the Green Party politician was interrupted, Insider reported.

"Mr Speaker, how many world leaders, for how many decades have seen and known what is coming but have decided that it is more politically expedient to keep it behind closed doors". "My era and the generations after me do not need that luxurious".

The 2 phrases handle to convey the whole lot I need to say in response to older adults who name local weather activists unreasonable, unrealistic, or naive.

"I will be 56 by 2050".

A "boomer" is shorthand for a baby boomer - someone between 1946 and 1964. And one other survey by the analysis group Ipsos confirmed that millennial Republicans maintain related positions as Democrats of the identical age on environmental points. In the video, a man sitting behind her chuckles at her put-down.

Swarbick later posted on Facebook that her retort had gotten some people upset.

"My generation and the generations after me do not have that luxury".

"So I guess millennials ruined humour".

"Boomer is a state of mind", Ms Swarbrick told Stuff.

"That's the joke", she added.

"'OK boomer' acknowledges that you just can't win a deeply polarized debate - information don't matter", she continued.

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