Tragically, if you live long enough, you will see all of the stuff you know to be cool and awesome become cringe and stupid. Then about twenty years later, it will become cool again and you can sell all your old clothes to people twenty years younger than you for a significant price markup.
So it’s not all bad, but it can be very jarring when a style you see as an important part of your look getting roasted by hip teens. This is what millennials have been going through for months on TikTok.
It’s become a *thing* for the Gen Z kids to wear their hair with a middle part, and only a middle part.
People with side parts are told they’re ugly and even *gasp* Republican if they have a side part. There are definitely people who have capitulated to this bullying and change their hairstyles up.
2021 is so weird. I don’t even recognize myself anymore. Not because I’m like a new person or anything but Tik tok said side parts are for old people so I’ve just been trying to part my hair in the middle
— Michaela Okland (@MichaelaOkla) February 2, 2021
Teens on TikTok are roasting millennials for their side parts saying it makes them look like olds and I’ve BEEN saying that! Won’t catch ME without my center part. pic.twitter.com/KujWPnZt4W
— Brady O'Callahan (@bradyocallahan) February 1, 2021
Maybe some are happy to have made the change. But an increasing number of millennials are standing up to say, “No more! I am side-parted and I am proud!”
Apparently Gen Z has decided it’s no longer cool to part your hair on the side.
Children. Do not tell me I’ve spent 34 years on this earth and didn’t learn the hard way that a middle part makes me look like a cocker spaniel and a side part makes me look like the woman I am 👀 pic.twitter.com/qRc0QYJpri
— Kaeli Swift, Ph.D. (@corvidresearch) February 3, 2021
It's my birthday. & apparently you can tell I'm old bc I have a side part ♡ pic.twitter.com/HfJRKz31zI
— MrsMoncus🎮 (@mrsmoncus) January 31, 2021
It’s brave to stand up to Gen Z because they are extremely good at roasting millennials and it is a dangerous thing to do. It’s one thing to be brave on Twitter, however, and quite another to be brave on TikTok, the app Gen Z built.
There are some bold users out there who dare, like @taylorrainsmusic who said they’re not taking hair advice from the generation that “ate Tide Pods.”
#stitch with @mollietrainor y’all ate tide pods. I’ll part my hair on the side and wear skinny jeans. Enjoy the 90s fashion rn. 😂 youre welcome.
There’s also @leahkoob, who said they will not be changing any of their millennial habits that Gen Z says are out because they…don’t want to:
But the most convincing TikToks are the ones where people show that a side part doesn’t look good on everyone. In fact, on some people it looks so bad, they fear they would have been bullied when they were actual teens if they’d had one then:
Dare I say it? Gen Z, you look good with a middle part because you’re young enough to look good doing whatever. If you don’t agree….wait.