How to Talk to Your Parents About ‘ok boomer’

There’s a new way to dismiss The Olds and folks, the Times is ON IT! With ok boomer going mainstream, you’re more than likely facing some pretty awkward questions from your parents. Questions like “is ok boomer worse than the n-word?” and “just to play devil’s advocate, what if I said the n-word?”

Never fear, LoR is here to help. Just follow these six simple steps, and your parents will understand ok boomer in no time:

  1. Tell them it’s their fault. It’s important that your parents know that Millennials and Zoomers are mad at Boomers specifically because of their actions. It’s not some abstract dislike of all that is old or out of style. It’s a very direct response to the things Boomers did to the planet, economy, and world order at large.
  2. Explain that it’s personally about them. You don’t want your parents leaving this conversation thinking that #NotAllBoomers are subject to ok boomer. In fact, you should tell them that you invented the phrase yourself and that it was specifically about them. How would they ever fact check that? Call up NPR and ask Ari Shapiro to look into it? Good luck with that.
  3. Remind them there’s no comma. Kids these days won’t even separate independent and dependent clauses with proper punctuation!! The anarchists are coming, Boomers.
  4. Say that it’s definitely a slur. They won’t admit it, but the Boomers are actually pretty excited by the opportunity to play the victim here. After you beat them down in Steps 1–3, you get to watch the spark return to their eyes as they realize that with a little repositioning (“ok boomer is actually Neofascist Ageism being pushed by the MSM to undermine class solidarity!”) they can still win this thing.
  5. Buy them some ok boomer merch. If nothing else, Boomers will appreciate watching an antiestablishment sentiment get co-opted by capitalism. Perhaps an ok boomer sweatshirt shipped directly from the free market paradise of Vietnam will help them get on board?
  6. Wait for JK Rowling to tweet ok boomer at Nigel Farage. When it’s over for the rest of us, it’s just getting started in Boomerworld. And thanks to you, your parents will be well-prepared to talk about What Jo Tweeted during Susan’s weekly wine and book club (emphasis on the wine, lol!!).

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