Nov 6, 2019 - Energy & Environment

25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker tells heckling colleague: "OK, boomer"

25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker Chlöe Swarbrick responded to a heckling colleague during her speech about the threats of climate change with the internet meme "OK, boomer," reports the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Millennials and Generation Zers have coined the phrase "OK, boomer" as a retort against older generations' patronization. The phrase first found viral fame on social media — notably, TikTok — thanks to a generational divide on issues like student debt and climate change.

  • Swarbrick was arguing in support of legislation that would set New Zealand's carbon emissions target at zero by 2050.
  • In her speech, she noted she'll be 56 in 2050 — when the average age of New Zealand's current Parliament is 49.

What she's saying: Swarbrick has responded to criticism over her retort on Facebook.

"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."
"So I guess millennials ruined humour. That, or we just need to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and abstain from avocados. That's the joke."

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