To have an understanding surrounding how the meme trend "OK Boomer" started. Additionally, to have at least 25 of what Wonder considers the best and most iconic examples of its use. Finally, how this meme is expected to evolve.
The earliest mentions of "OK Boomer" can be traced as far back as 2015 on 4chan, where the phrase was used as an insult by the forum’s anonymous users, aimed at other anonymous users who seemed out of touch. The phrase really took off this year on TikTok, as a rebuttal to angry rants by baby boomers about kids these days. Peter Kuli & Jedwill wrote a song known as “OK BOOMER!”, (the verses define boomers as racist, fascist Trump supporters with bad hair), and it became a popular song choice for TikTok sing-along videos in fall 2019.
"Given the prevalence of age discrimination lawsuits, employers should take heed and consider reminding their workforce about the impropriety of this and other age-related phrases and train their employees to leave the generation wars at the door," writes Anthony J. Oncidi in the National Law Review.
The phrase and popular meme, "OK, Boomer” has become the hottest clap back of the moment, and now it’s set to become a show. According to the Guardian, Fox Media has made a trademark application for the term, with the intent of turning it into "reality competitions, comedy, and game shows."
Iconic Examples of its Use
A 25-year-old lawmaker in New Zealand put down an older member of parliament heckling her about climate change. "Chlöe Swarbrick was speaking about the Zero Carbon Bill, which would set a target of zero carbon emissions for the country by 2050. When she was heckled, she casually dropped a sharp-tongued retort: "OK boomer", and, unfazed, continued talking amid the puzzlement and silence of the room."
Summary Of Our Early Findings Relevant To The Goals
Our first hour of research provided a few plausible origins of the term "OK, Boomer". We also provided two expected evolutions of the meme. We feel that our research in these two areas are exhaustive and requires no further research based on our findings, however we will still offer an option to keep researching these two areas should that be desired.
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