When she raised the goal that the problem was of particular concern to youthful generations that may truly be alive to see the injury wrought by prior generations, an vague heckle rose from the viewers.
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Fellow lawmaker Christopher Bishop said that if Swarbrick didn't like being dismissed for her age, she shouldn't do the same to others.
Without hesitation, Swarbrick remarked, "OK boomer".
After a colleague apparently attempted to interrupt, Swabrick instantly shot back, "OK, boomer", and continued right on with her speech.
In an interview with Stuff, Swarbrick defined her use of the phrase: It's a "easy summarisation of collective exhaustion", she stated.
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"OK Boomer" is a phrase popular on the internet to mock members of the Baby Boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964), particularly in response to criticism of younger people.
She added: 'OK boomer [acknowledges that] you can not win a deeply polarised debate - facts don't matter.
"Today I have learnt that responding succinctly and in ideal jest to somebody heckling you about *your ageyour generation* with the literal title of their generation makes some people very mad", she wrote on Facebook about the people born between 1946 and 1964 who seem to spend plenty of time complaining about how sensitive young people are, but conveniently forget about how riled up they get about criticism themselves.
New Zealand's Parliament TV wasn't in on the joke, either.
According to Dictionary.com, "While many baby boomers were connected to youth counterculture in the 1960-70s, they have since become blamed in the 2010s by people in younger generations for many societal woes, from the high cost of college tuition to the failure to address climate change".
Swarbrick also responded to any critics of her use of the phrase in a Facebook post. The parliament's social media team later issued an apology.
"So I guess millennials ruined humour. That, or we just need to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and abstain from avocados". Its closed captioning transcribed the Swarbrick's retort as "okay, Berma".
Contributing: Joshua Bote, USA TODAY; Ryan C. Miller, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.