The Internet Eviscerates the Argument That 'Boomer' Is a 'Slur'
07 November 2019
If you've been anywhere near the internet in the past few weeks, you'll likely have seen the phrase "OK, Boomer" pop up in reference to out-of-touch Boomers. And given the Gen Z/millennial rallying cry's popularity, like clockwork, a Boomer felt the need to complain about the sarcastic usage of the term — even going so far as to deign it an ageist slur.
Yesterday, a conservative radio host by the name of Bob Lonsberry made the unwise decision to share a gobsmackingly shitty take via Twitter, writing, "being hip and flip does not make bigotry ok, nor is a derisive epithet acceptable because it is new." The worst part though? Lonsberry referred to the designation as "the n-word of ageism."
Naturally, it didn't take long for Lonsberry to get ratioed to hell, with everyone from comedian Travon Free to Blink-182's Mark Hoppus joining in on the conversation.
Baby Boomer: (creates a world of vastly inordinate wealth disparity, denies climate change, refuses to address gun violence beyond “thoughts and prayers,” insists that young people are “participation award snowflakes who need safe spaces.”)— thnx fr th gvng (@markhoppus) November 4, 2019
Young People: OK Boomer
Never forget. #Boomerpic.twitter.com/wTnVobrNfS— Travon Free (@Travon) November 4, 2019
In fact, Dictionary.com even got involved and had to completely eviscerate Lonsberry via some extremely basic facts — something that, as one commenter pointed out, means "you have to log off forever and turn all your possessions over to the local library."
Their response? Uh, a brief mention of the ginormous distinction between a term that is "an informal noun referring to a person born during a baby boom, especially one born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1965" and "one of the most offensive words in the English language."
Boomer is an informal noun referring to a person born during a baby boom, especially one born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1965.— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) November 4, 2019
The n-word is one of the most offensive words in the English language. https://t.co/30OAf7N83e
OK ... everyone. https://t.co/XUiCyEcHdW— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) November 4, 2019
if you get dunked on by the dictionary you have to log off forever and turn all your possessions over to the local library— Big Damn Spooky Time (@CreativeMrPen) November 4, 2019
Needless to say, Lonsberry has since deleted the tweet, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some quality roasts of his post — check out a few of our favorites, below.
My Boomer friends let me say it tho :/— Zora Neale Hustlin’ (@MarsinCharge) November 4, 2019
if you’re a non-black person rapping a song, just replace the n-word with the word boomer— taylor garron (@casualafro) November 4, 2019
Comparing boomer to a racial slur is peak boomer, boomer pic.twitter.com/wFjhUsbCKp— the bad Katie (@KatieKatCubs) November 4, 2019
Learn to use a condom #boomer@BobLonsberrypic.twitter.com/oWUE5MgRur— Zuccary McDuccary (@Zucc_The_Ducc) November 4, 2019
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