Jan 16, 2020

'OK Boomer': From TikTok meme to the US Supreme Court

AFP You might have seen it as a meme on Twitter or TikTok but now it has made its way to the US Supreme Court. The catchphrase "OK Boomer" went viral last year as a tongue-in-cheek dig by young people at older generations. Chief Justice John Roberts asked the hypothetical question whether said phrase in a hiring process would indicate discrimination. The Supreme Court case is about whether an older employee of a government department has been discriminated against because of her age. In internet parlance, "OK boomer" is a derogatory phrase used by young people against older generations when encountering attitudes perceived as judgemental, conservative or narrow-minded.

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