A 25-yr-outdated New Zealand lawmaker offering a speech supporting a local weather crisis bill was heckled by an older member of Parliament.
Baby boomers took to social media and tooted that younger generations were equipping the very weapons they had been condemning, remarking that "Okay, Boomer" was effectively coded ageism that damaged discussion the way young people fought against.
At that point, an older politician - reported to be Todd Muller, the opposition spokesperson for climate change - interrupted her speech, to which she coolly responded with "Okay boomer" - and carried on.
Chloe Swarbrick employed the "okay boomer" meme, a phrase used by youngsters to dismiss the criticisms of baby boomers.
Responding on Facebook after her comment went viral, she said: 'Today I have learnt that responding succinctly and in flawless jest to somebody heckling you about *your ageyour generation* with the literal title of their generation makes some people very mad.
A "boomer" is shorthand for a baby boomer - someone between 1946 and 1964.
As she spoke, another member could be heard making noise in response to Swarbrick talking about her age. Hundreds of other "Ok boomer" merchandise have popped up and begun to thrive with this new trend.
In a text message to the news website Stuff.nz, Swarbrick said the phrase was a "simple summarization of collective exhaustion".
The live broadcast of Swarbrick's speech on Parliament TV was accompanied by the caption "OK, Berma", an apparent misunderstanding of her phrase. "It's higher to acknowledge that maybe vitality is healthier spent elsewhere".
"So I guess millennials ruined humour". That, or we just require to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and abstain from avocados.
Lorenz replied that "social media is extremely powerful", and that having these conversations online sets the media agenda and the narrative.
To clear out any misunderstandings, the term "boomer" does not refer to those who were born after World War II.