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'OK, boomer': New Zealand lawmaker shuts down older member who mocked age

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The phrase - which refers to the baby-boomer generation - has gained popularity among young people on social media in recent months as a way of brushing off the views of older generations perceived to be out-of-touch, condescending or closed-minded.

Chlöe Swarbrick, 25, was speaking in Parliament during a debate over a proposed Zero Carbon bill, which would set a target of zero carbon emissions for New Zealand by 2050.

"OK Boomer", said Swarbrick before moving on with her speech about the ways in which short term thinking dominates politics and threatens the planet. "My era and the generations right after me do not have that luxury", she mentioned.

Swarbrick, 25, responded, quickly, cuttingly and with a quip that only a millennial could pull off: "OK, boomer".

"OK Boomer" is a retort used to mock or dismiss members of the Baby Boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964), particularly in response to criticism of Millennials or Generation Z. She notes it has also turned into a marketing opportunity, with hundreds of "OK, boomer" products now for sale online featuring the phrase on phone cases, stickers, shirts, bedsheets and more.

Without the need of missing a defeat, she glances in excess of, suggests "OK boomer", and continues with her speech. 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.

In a Facebook post later, Swarbrick acknowledged having upset some people. Her witty response baffled her audience, to the delight of millennials everywhere. Hundreds of other "Ok boomer" merchandise have popped up and begun to thrive with this new trend.

The phrase captures a "collective exhaustion", Swarbrick told New Zealand news outlet Stuff.

"So I guess millennials ruined humor".

New Zealand's Parliament Tv wasn't in on the joke, both.

"It's better to acknowledge that perhaps energy is better spent elsewhere", Ms. Swarbrick said in a statement.

The parliament's social media workforce later tweeted a tongue-in-cheek apology: "We apologise for the mistake, and have current the captions accordingly". That, or we just require to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and abstain from avocados. An official transcript of the hearing correctly records Swarbrick's comment. As a result of as a slogan for pushing climate-friendly adjustments, the phrase is, fairly merely, good - as Swarbrick so clearly demonstrated.