A Millennial Politician Dropped an "OK, Boomer" on Her Heckling Colleague


With the quickfire putdown "OK, boomer", a 25-year-old New Zealand politician dismissed a heckler during a speech about climate change - highlighting the generation gap between herself and other MPs in a clip that has gone viral.

During her speech on climate change as Swarbrick spoke about the Zero Carbon bill, which focuses on reducing net carbon emissions in New Zealand to zero by 2050, the 25-year-old told an older lawmaker "OK, boomer" when she was interrupted.

"Mr. Speaker, what number of world leaders for what number of many years have seen and recognized what's coming, however have determined that it's extra politically expedient to maintain [climate change] behind closed doorways?" she requested.

"The song is aggressive and ridiculous, but I think it says a lot about Gen Z culture" Kuli told The New York Times. "Yet right now the average age of this 52nd Parliament is 49 years old", Swarbrick said as someone off camera was heard heckling her. After which she continued along with her speech with out lacking a beat.

"My generation and the generations after me do not have that luxury".

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

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Chloe Swarbrick employed the "okay boomer" meme, a phrase used by youngsters to dismiss the criticisms of baby boomers. "It's better to acknowledge that perhaps energy is better spent elsewhere". "That rallying cry is the relatively innocuous "okay boomer".

Swarbrick explained in a post on Facebook that some people have taken great offence to her "OK Boomer" comment, but she correctly points out that Baby Boomers whine about young people all the time.

While Swarbrick gained praise on the Internet, some critics have deemed "OK boomer" as an ageist phrase.

New Zealand's Parliament TV wasn't in on the joke, either.

"OK boomer" has appeared across social media, but it is most prolific on the short-form video app TikTok. Its closed captioning transcribed the Swarbrick's retort as "okay, Berma".

As someone born on the cusp between millennials and generation Z, I love the "OK, boomer" discourse. "That, or we just need to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and abstain from avocados". "Clearly we need to start doing all-office meme briefings", it said in a tongue-in-cheek tweet.