New York Magazine

Ex­tremely On­line: OK, Mil­len­ni­als

- By Brock Col­yar “i’m com­ing out

as a mil­len­nial,” a young woman an­nounces, eyes locked on her iPhone cam­era. Soon her back­ground morphs into a photograph of Hil­lary Clin­ton, whom she kisses on the cheek be­fore pick­ing up a tablet stream­ing

The Of­fice. “Aha­haha, Michael,” she mock­laughs. Cre­ated by @glamde­mon2004, the video is one of many that cropped up on TikTok this sum­mer show­ing Gen Z’s con­certed ridicule of mil­len­ni­als.

Sure, the roasts are meant to be funny— play­fully chid­ing the gen­er­a­tion for eat­ing avocado toast and think­ing that en­joy­ing Harry Pot­ter movies are a per­son­al­ity trait. But like all jokes, these hinge on truth: that ev­ery gen­er­a­tion is ripe for taunt­ing and des­per­ate to de­fine it­self in op­po­si­tion to its near elders. Not un­like the dead­pan dis­missal “OK, boomer,” these mi­crofights are Gen Z’s way of wag­ing the end­less war over who is less shitty. The TikToks can be read as satir­i­cal por­traits of mil­len­nial white­ness, but they’re also drawing a line in the po­lit­i­cal sand. They say: We’re in. You’re out. As one user, @op­po­sum­gal, says, “We’re do­ing the work [you] were sup­posed to be do­ing. Baby, y’all were sup­posed to save the cli­mate … What did you con­trib­ute? Mum­ford & Sons?”

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