A politician clapped back to heckles in parliament with ‘OK Boomer’

Chlöe Swarbrick quips 'OK boomer' at National MP during climate speech

"Boomer is a state of mind", Ms Swarbrick told Stuff. Gesturing towards him with her right hand, Swarbrick takes a short pause and says, "OK, boomer" before continuing her speech. I get a rush of pleasure every time I'm scrolling through Twitter and I encounter a quote-tweeted absurd opinion from an old white dude accompanied by a dismissive "OK, boomer".

After a colleague apparently attempted to interrupt, Swabrick instantly shot back, "OK, boomer", and continued right on with her speech.

Lawmaker Chloe Swarbrick, a member of New Zealand's Green Party, speaks about climate change in the New Zealand Parliament on November 5, 2019.

According to Dictionary.com, "While many baby boomers were connected to youth counterculture in the 1960-70s, they have since become blamed in the 2010s by people in younger generations for many societal woes, from the high cost of college tuition to the failure to address climate change".

"It's better to acknowledge that perhaps energy is better spent elsewhere", Swarbrick told Stuff. "That rallying cry is the relatively innocuous "okay boomer".

The clip, which has been uploaded to YouTube, shows a portion of Swarbrick's speech, though it's not clear what the hecklers were saying.

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She also wrote on Facebook that her remark was "in ideal jest" to a colleague who she said had heckled her about her own age while speaking about the impact of climate change on her generation.

'So I guess millennials ruined humour. "That, or we just need to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and abstain from avocados".

"OK, boomer" is a derogatory retort used against the baby boomer generation, or those considered out of touch.

While Swarbrick gained praise on the Internet, some critics have deemed "OK boomer" as an ageist phrase. I think you lost all credibility with that one two-word response. Amusingly, the closed captioning of her video read "OK Berma", which has led to some Facebook commenters taunting Boomers with a new version of the OK Boomer meme.

Though "OK, boomer", began making the digital rounds some time in early 2019 - or at least early enough for someone to remix it into a song in July - the phrase finally hit the cultural stratosphere in late October, when the New York Times presented a deep dive on the topic. Hopefully she's willing to listen to boomers though.

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