Parent and child generations often feud, and it looks like the day has come that the currents teens and young adults of Generation Z have fired the first shots at the generation of most of their parents—Generation X. Gen Z has been spotted on Twitter complaining about these individuals, who are typically considered to have been born anywhere from the early 1960s to the mid-80s, with some dubbing them “Generation Karen.”
The idea of a “Karen” is a privileged white woman who has narrowly escaped many of the troubles endured by millennials, instead of enjoying a lot of the economic benefits granted to baby boomers and inheriting their ignorance or outright bigotry.
Gen x is now called the Karen Generation and honestly I think I’m ok with that.
— Oscar probably (@OhShitOscar) November 14, 2019
This naming has been prevalent enough to have been noticed by BuzzFeed, who interviewed a Gen Z individual named “Julia” on the topic.
“They’re usually racist, homophobic, and transphobic, don’t believe in vaccines or climate change, and are mostly also the parents of Gen Z children,” said the 23-year-old from Norway. “Especially in Norway, where the strike for climate change is going strong, you see parents mocking Greta Thunberg and the other young adults participating because they themselves are not willing to change how they live their lives.”
Julia called Gen X “privileged” and accused them of “acting entitled and working against Gen Z.”
The coining of “Generation Karen” comes right on the tail of the “Ok, boomer” controversy, a phrase that seems to have been invented by Generation Z as well but somehow still fueled the tension between millennials and boomers. The feud sparked a lot of discussion about the constant fights between generations, as illustrated in a popular Tik Tok video:
The video claims that Gen X is the only generation out of the four that doesn’t “go after” anyone else, but those from Gen Z aren’t so sure.
“I see Gen X drama all the time,” says commenter Cheza. “Gen X goes after millennials and Gen Z just as much as the boomers. Stop shifting the blame.”
“Ok Gen X was always told we should be seen and not heard,” says tempastwulf. “We weren’t raised we survived our childhood. Pass the popcorn.”
“But Gen X is kind of the Karen generation if I’m being honest,” writes Alice.
Meanwhile, the Gen Xers in the comments are kind of proving their point by saying stuff like this: “Gen X here mostly sitting back watching the world burn,” says kfe1982.
Get ready for a whole lot of “OK Karen” in the near future.
“your sexuality shouldn’t define you” ok Karen then stop letting your conversations consist 80% about your bum of a husband, 10% about your kids, and 10% about your latest MLM scam. I don’t want your doterra and I really don’t want your crap.
— sup my grinches ☃️ (@_anna_joy_) November 12, 2019
Lmao wait I just hit(lightly tapped) a lady’s car door w my own in the parking lot of the library & she went absolutely fucking ballistic, like ok Karen, we get it you had a rough day. Good news is your car is fine, bad news is your PSYCHO
— Gabi Forney (@Fornstarr) November 13, 2019
army life is tough, and you can never talk abt it bc civilians are quick to say “well you signed up for it” like ok karen you signed up for college so stop complaining abt ur 8am class. fuck you.
— jj!!!🇵🇹 (@jessjhupp) November 12, 2019
“john lennon was fat”
OK Karen u literally ate my chips today and you have the AUDACITY?
— aisha (@lennylvr) November 14, 2019
withering away every time an irl tells me they used to like bangtan but stopped cos they got too mainstream…like ok karen u’re special for only listening to obscure groups do u want a gold fking star or what
— w 🌸 go hospital plz (@taejinsuga) November 9, 2019
The Generation Wars won’t be ending any time soon.
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