#HowToConfuseAMillennial hashtag brilliantly takes on millennial-bashing
The media loves bashing millennials, but now millennials are fighting back. Through the hashtag #HowToConfuseAMillennial, today’s younger adults are laying out the harsh realities behind tired millennial stereotypes. The hashtag actually started out as a way to bash people in their twenties and thirties with not-so-funny tweets such as “Put a Trigger Warning on a Safe Space” (Haha! Get it? It’s funny because marginalized and traumatized people shouldn’t have rights!) However, millennials quickly took it over to share their frustrations about the world we live in and didn’t hold back.
In just a few hours, the hashtag started to fill up with critiques of anti-millennial hypocrisy, like being expected to find stable employment and affordable housing by the same people who tanked the economy. For example, here’s one tweeter’s method for #HowToConfuseAMillennial: “Destroy the economy and then expect us to progress through life at the same rate you did and settle down at 25.”
Millennials have been accused of “killing” 47 industries and institutions, ranging from napkins to Macy’s, the McWrap, vacations, and the European Union. Weird how the people who set up those structures and have established long-term spending power — that is, Boomers — are completely blameless. No wonder #HowToConfuseAMillennial so quickly became a focal point of millennial anger.
Other tweets had a less economically-oriented take on the hypocrisy of millennial-bashing Boomers, but went in equally hard with regard to society and culture.
Some tweets focused more on specific current events, such as this election season’s bizarre campaigns and Brock Turner’s shamefully abbreviated sentence.
Then, there were tweets that went in for multi-layered sarcasm, making fun of the Boomer mockery that started the hashtag in the first place.
Why did the hashtag spring up in the first place? One possible explanation is that as millennials get older and more Boomers retire, traditional positions of authority are increasingly occupied by millennials. That means the Boomer generation now has to start learning to defer to millennial doctors, entrepreneurs, and more, which can’t be easy for an age group characterized as the “Me Generation.” (Hey, Boomers, what did you say again about us being entitled?)
Maybe what we need now is a #MillennialSolidarity hashtag — “Inherited a broken economy. Slammed by media and society 24/7. But we’re still here!” Charitable millennials can even explain it to Twitter’s less clued-in Boomer contingent, after handling their healthcare, troubleshooting their email, and fixing the socioeconomic mess they left for us, of course. Then again, who knows? We might get accused of killing the hashtag. Damn millennials, always trying to survive in an incredibly screwed up world.