New Zealand MP says “Ok Boomer” to colleague in Parliament, goes viral
Green MP Chloe Swarbrick said, “Ok Boomer” to an older MP trying to disrupt her speech in the New Zealand Parliament.
The phrase has become popularized by millennials who use it to mock the baby-boomer generation.
As a Gen-Z or a “zoomer”, I am an avid fan of internet memes.
Every day, I browse the depths of Instagram, Reddit, and Twitter looking to satisfy my cravings for humour in a world so bitterly divided.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a particular meme where young people would respond to the baby-boomer generation by saying “OK boomer”.
The phrase is running wild on social media. And then on Saturday, #BoomerAdvice was trending, in which Millennials and zoomers mocked advice they’d been given by boomers.
The “OK boomer” phenomenon is being used to flippantly dismiss anything boomers say, as if by virtue of being a certain age group they’re out of touch with reality because they’re spoiled and entitled.
Personally, I feel there’s a grain of truth to the snippy tagline, but overall, it’s asinine.
Many boomers I know aren’t the most open to changing their minds. For them, an issue like climate change is seen as a “UN globalist plot funded by Soros.” (But it’s silly to suggest boomers are a monolith that all think the same way.) Generally, I find boomers won’t entertain opposing viewpoints as having merit. They tend to be stuck in their ways.
Also, not that I’m a fan of whataboutism, but for years the media have written stories about the millennial generation being a bunch of lazy fools because many boomers have lapped it up, laughing at the younger generation, forgetting they, too, were once young, but had the added benefit of a much more stable job market in their young adulthood.
But it’s necessary that everyone have some self-criticism, including zoomers and millennials. Aren’t many zoomers and millennials also too entrenched in their own opinions to change them? Aren’t we also pretty entitled or arrogant?
There are many out there that, for example, believe that more than 60 million Americans are racist because they voted Trump. Let me make this clear: they’re wrong.
Trump’s victory had more to do with Hillary and the DNC’s absolutely inept campaign. She completely alienated the rust-belt working class, and couldn’t keep up with Trump’s populist rhetoric. While of course, some people voted for Trump because of his racist rhetoric, a solid portion voted because he addressed their concerns, unlike the status-quo politics of neoliberalism with Hillary.
But most zoomers and millennials don’t care. Undeniably some do, but most don’t. For the vast majority, it’s because America is “racist, homophobic and xenophobic!”
Although many boomers may not be very open to changing their minds through debate, zoomers and millennials can be just as stubborn.
We are all delicate snowflakes and hate being proven wrong.
Now that we have discarded this absolutely shoddy reason to dunk on boomers, it leaves us all with a very important question: If it’s not the boomers fault, then who is to blame?
My answer: Crony capitalism and the Digital Age.
Are millennials and zoomers, today, worse off in terms of debts, opportunities, and social mobility? Yes. But are many boomers also struggling to survive due to the underfunding of social services, low levels of savings due to the 2008 crisis, and slashing of pensions? Yes.
When a good deal of the population hasn’t properly recovered from the 2008 Great Recession, income inequality is glaringly rampant, and the establishment elite keep getting stronger, you have to stop and question yourself. For this entire situation of economic anxiety is not because “boomers had it great” or because “millennials eat avocado toast”.
It’s because most politicians have succumbed to the power of capital. When you see someone out there going “we should have universal healthcare or pharmacare”, the response is “well how are you going to pay for it?”
But this is never the response whenever politicians want to bail out banks, save inefficient corporations from bankruptcy, give tax breaks and millions in subsidies to major tech companies like Amazon and Netflix, or go around waging wars on countries such as Vietnam and Iraq.
Zoomers and millennials have a lot to learn from boomers, or contemplate #BoomerAdvice as having some merit, depending on which individual is giving it.
The struggle for universal healthcare in Canada was won during the time of boomers, for example. Similarly, many boomers have a lot to learn from zoomers regarding the power of mobilization for what’s right.
It makes no sense to fight over age groups when the real enemy are the owners of monopolies who are fleecing everyone.
So ditch the “Ok Boomer” my fellow zoomers and millennials. Adopt “Ok Monopoly Man” instead. Boomers are our friends and family; the crony capitalist billionaires and too-big-to-fail corporations are our foes.
A supermarket in New Zealand was ground zero for a clash between vegan protesters and meat-eaters.
Protesters walked chanted “it’s not food, it’s violence,” carrying signs with a similar sentiment on them, according to the New Zealand Herald.
Protesters were asked by staff at the St. Luke’s supermarket to stop protesting or leave the store, as they continually blocked shoppers from accessing the meat section of the store.
“Take your camera off me, I’m doing my f—ing shopping. I’m doing my shopping, unless you’re going to pay for my shopping you can f— off,” said one woman to the protesters.
After failed attempts to deal with the vegan protesters, the supermarket manager called the police. Protesters left before police arrived.
“We reserve the right to ask anyone undertaking protest action to leave our stores, however on this occasion this request was ignored several times,” the manager said in a statement. “The police were called to support our team and the protesters left shortly afterwards.”
A 23-year-old suspect is now in custody following a nationwide manhunt in relation to the murder of 33-year-old Sean McKinnon, from Australia, reports Waikato Police in a news release.
The arrest occurred within 24 hours of the declaration of a manhunt for the suspect, shortly after 32-year-old Bianca Buckley of Nova Scotia managed to escape from the scene of the crime and report the incident to police.
“Police deployed SWAT-style teams to the scene, and all police in the region began carrying guns as a precaution. New Zealand police typically don’t carry guns on routine patrols, keeping them stored in their cars instead,” CBC reported.
At around 11 pm the same day, police say they carried out a search warrant at a rural Waikato address and arrested the suspect.
They say this speedy arrest was mostly made possible thanks to tips from the public.
New Zealand police said that McKinnon and Buckley were sleeping inside their van on a scenic spot near Raglan at roughly 3 am. The suspect, then, allegedly approached the vehicle and opened fire.
Insp. Graham Pitkethley said the unprovoked attack mortally wounded McKinnon, but that Buckley managed to escape apparently unscathed. Beyond the robbery of the vehicle, there appears to be no greater motive, and police speculate that the incident is merely a random, tragic act of violence.
According to police, the suspect stole the vehicle and drove roughly 75 kms away from where it was later found by police with McKinnon still inside. McKinnon was apparently still alive when the suspect began his flight.
The suspect has now been charged with several serious offences including Murder, Aggravated Robbery and Threats to Kill and will be appearing in the Hamilton District Court later this morning.
In an update, police say they are still investigating the scene to collect forensic evidence, adding that the murder weapon is yet to be found. They are asking any witnesses or motorists who may have been in the area of Raglan and Gordonton at the time the crime was committed to come forward.
“As part of our ongoing inquiries, Police are looking for anyone who may have seen any hitchhikers in the Gordonton – Whitikahu area during daylight hours on Friday.
“Particularly, if any motorists that travelled this route on Friday have dashcam footage, Police would like to hear from you,” said Waikato Police.
The identity of the suspect has not been revealed, yet, and likely won’t until his first court appearance.
Thirty-two-year-old Bianca Buckley of Nova Scotia is devastated after her Australian fiancé, 33-year-old Australian national Sean McKinnon, was shot down in a seemingly random act of violence early Friday morning.
“Insp. Graham Pitkethley says New Zealand Police are providing the woman, identified by Canadian sources as Nova Scotia native Bianca Buckley, with the support she needs after what he called a “tragic incident,” reports CityNews.
New Zealand police said the two were sleeping inside their van at a scenic spot near Raglan when the suspect approached the vehicle and opened fire around 3 a.m.
“We are supporting the female victim, who is understandably very shocked and distressed,” Pitkethley told a news conference.
Pikethley says the unprovoked attack mortally wounded McKinnon, but that Buckley managed to escape apparently unscathed, wherein she alerted police to the shooting.
According to police, the suspect then stole a vehicle and drove roughly 75 kms away where it was later found by police with McKinnon still inside.
“It wasn’t immediately clear if McKinnon died from the wounds he received in the initial attack or if he had been subject to further violence,” reports Global News.
Pitkethley told media that it looks like the suspect acted alone, but it is probable that he had “confided in members of his community.”
“Police deployed SWAT-style teams to the scene, and all police in the region began carrying guns as a precaution. New Zealand police typically don’t carry guns on routine patrols, keeping them stored in their cars instead,” reports CBC.
A nationwide manhunt is now underway to arrest the suspect.