If you’ve spent any time on Twitter yourselves recently, you’ve probably seen plenty of replies consisting of only, “OK boomer” — it’s the new “Beto is a furry” now that he’s dropped out of sight. Kevin Riordan writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer that he’s fine with the term, even though it’s meant to be a put-down:
“It’s actually “’OK boomer,’” my editor says, explaining that “OK boomer” is an edgier, dissier, viral version of “OK, grandpa.” It’s a way wave off an entire generation of older people who just don’t get it.
‘OK boomer’ is as dismissive of us as we are of millennials and Gen Z-ers. And that doesn’t always sit well with us boomers. I mean, who do these kids think they are? Who are these brats in those noise-cancelling/other-people-cancelling/cancel-culture-cancelling headphones to brand as clueless an entire generation that wore jeans and long hair not as style statements — like the millennials and their tats — but as revolutionary badges of honor?
Management attorney Jonathan Segal happened to see Riordan’s piece and noted that “OK boomer,” in the workplace at least, is inconsistent with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.
"Ok boomer" is undeniably age-related comment inconsistent with #ADEA. Make clear unacceptable. If employee does not listen, take prompt and proportionate corrective action. #age #HR https://t.co/zNnHOTL0EX
— Jonathan A Segal (@Jonathan_HR_Law) November 5, 2019
Will Jack take this into account and start suspending Twitter accounts who use this unacceptable phrase?
Amen! Age discrimination should not be tolerated.
— (((Thrill Science))) ✡️ (@ThrillScience) November 5, 2019
— WillspikesGaming (@Willspikes2001) November 5, 2019
— Benjamin Wilson (@GentleBen187) November 5, 2019
— ?Paddy. ??? (@PolarBro) November 5, 2019
— Gary “Gary Harris” Harris Stan Account (@DidReading) November 5, 2019
— InTheEndItDoesn’tEvenMatter (@NobodyListens1) November 5, 2019
— Arum Fox (@ArumFox) November 5, 2019
"Local boomers get triggered and need a safe space"
— buzzardslicer (@buzzardslicer) November 5, 2019
That is freaking stupid. Just like most lawyers I know.
— Dave Tolman (@georgiavol) November 5, 2019
Here’s Walter Olson:
1) Federal employment discrimination law requires employers to take action against stray workplace comments disrespectful toward protected groups.
2) People will now get warned, disciplined , or fired for saying “OK Boomer.”
Welcome to the House That Social Justice Built. https://t.co/R9KIUZsMGl
— Walter Olson (@walterolson) November 5, 2019
3) Used correctly, "OK Boomer" can also be funny.
— TweetOfSteiner (@TweetOfSteiner) November 5, 2019
— Scott Greenfield (@ScottGreenfield) November 5, 2019
— Connie (@Connie30995310) November 5, 2019
This is absolutely ridiculous
— Brandonjgazdag (@brandonjgazdag) November 5, 2019
This is news? Welcome to corporate America for the last 10+ years. Ageist comments are verboten.
— Valentine Michael Smith (@percy_mcknight) November 5, 2019
Lol let's dig thru old tweets and get people fired
— /OLA (@moep_eins) November 5, 2019
Unless, of course, they are saying it to Boomer Esiason.
— Robin Messing (@RobinSMessing) November 5, 2019
Chris Berman at ESPN is going to be cleaning up.
Co-worker: Hey Boomer, how's it going?
Berman: What did you call me?
Co-worker: I just said hel…
Berman: Coffee w cream and a chocolate donut on my desk in two minutes or I make a call to HR.
— Ken Fromm (@frommww) November 5, 2019
Quite the little TANTRUM: Whiny millennial Ben Dreyfuss’ thread on GenX needing to ‘check its privilege’ BACKFIRES https://t.co/TyuJF9xY5f
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 5, 2019