A young MP deployed a millennial meme to casually swat away an older heckler during a speech in New Zealand's parliament.
Chloe Swarbrick was explaining that the burden of tackling the climate crisis would fall on her generation.
“In the year 2050, I will be 56 years old; yet, right now, the average age of this 52nd parliament is 49 years old,” the 25-year-old Green Party member said
This prompted a jeer from another MP, reported to be Todd Muller, 50, of the centre-right opposition National party.
OK boomer,” retorted Ms Swarbrick, before continuing her speech.
Her glib response made deft use of a viral phrase recently in The New York Times as “a rallying cry for millions of fed up kids” faced with condescension over from the older generation - and baby boomers in particular.
Ms Swarbrick’s deployment of the meme provoked little immediate reaction inside New Zealand’s parliament, but led to her speech being shared around the world.
“Today I have learnt that responding succinctly and in perfect jest to somebody heckling you about *your age* as you speak about the impact of climate change on *your generation* with the literal title of their generation makes some people very mad,” she wrote.
“So I guess millennials ruined humour. That, or we just need to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and abstain from avocados.”
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