A politician clapped back to heckles in parliament with ‘OK Boomer’

Clay Curtis
November 8, 2019

Swarbrick didn't miss a beat: "OK Boomer", she said, before continuing her speech.

- lordgrindleford (@lordgrindleford) November 7, 2019I can't read "25 year old lawmaker Chloe Swarbrick" without a huge grin on my face.

The phrase, penned on the social media site TikTok, is used to shut down or make fun of an older person sharing views considered "old-fashioned" or "out of touch" - such as climate-change denial - and instead instructing young people to "pull themselves up by their bootstraps". "Yet right now the average age of this 52nd Parliament is 49 years old". "My generation and the generations after me to not have that luxury", she said.

Typically, it was this speech that got her heckled about her age.

Swarbrick's address was in regards to the country's Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment bill, which has earned the support of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who in September urged world leaders to take action at the United Nations summit. The phrase "OK boomer" became popular on the Internet as a putdown toward older people who seem indifferent toward the concerns of the younger generations, according to the BBC.

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

"Today I have learnt that responding succinctly and in ideal jest to somebody heckling you about *your ageyour generation* with the literal title of their generation makes some people very mad".

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Swarbrick told New Zealand's Stuff news outlet that she's sick of Baby Boomers saying her generation ruined everything and that Millennials need to "pull our socks up, or something".

"You can not win a deeply polarized debate - facts don't matter", she told Stuff.

"It's better to acknowledge that perhaps energy is better spent elsewhere", she said.

The phrase is so new, captioning of Swarbrick's speech didn't even pick up on it, New Zealand Herald reporter Jason Walls noted. The parliament's social media team later issued an apology.

Needless to say, the Baby Boomers are pissed. "Conservative New York radio host Bob Lonsberry, 60, said, "'boomer' is the n-word of ageism", in a since-deleted tweet Sunday.

The phrase stirred controversy in the US recently after conservative radio host Bob Lonsberry called it "the n-word of ageism" in a since-deleted tweet, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

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