The Brief: Some members of Gen Z have started calling Gen X the "Karen Generation," referencing a stereotype of a white mom who's always demanding to speak to the manager.
According to a Buzzfeed News article by generation is safe from intergenerational rivalry and name-calling. Baby Boomers call Millennials and Zoomers snowflakes, who in turn respond Ok Boomer, or occasionally, Ok Trumper. While Gen X had preciously caught a break from ridicule from the other generations, the Karen moniker proves otherwise.
The Buzzfeed article “Gen Z Is Calling Gen X The ‘Karen Generation'” cites several instances in which young people have labeled their parents’ generation as a group of “Karens,” due to their perceived close-mindedness, acceptance of the status quo, and the fact that Karen is a fairly popular first name of people born between 1961 and 1981.
While some Gen X-ers are clearly upset with this label, others point out that Gen X-ers’ tendency towards apathy mean they won’t be shaken by this insult. The Karen title has become a badge of honor for some Gen X-ers who have crowned Karen Walker of Will & Grace as the ultimate Karen spokeswoman and heroine.
Gen Z: You’re the Karen generation
Gen X: Meh, whatever
Gen Z: DID YOU NOT HEAR US!
Gen X: <lights cigarette> look man, we didn’t spend our whole lives not caring about anything to get worked up over this petty nonsense. So, let us know when you get this out of your system
— Sean Tuffy (@SMTuffy) November 15, 2019
Hot Take: the name "Karen" will die in this generation, because no millennial will dare name their child "Karen", and Gen Z will follow our example thoughtlessly, and the next generation will follow suit because they don't know better.
— Kat-Attack (@Estrogenerator) November 15, 2019
Late Gen X is the last generation to have a childhood before the Internet and the first generation to embrace it. We are the Alpha and the Omega. We f***ing rule. Call us Karens or whatever you want. We’ll see you at your next performance review.
— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) November 14, 2019
a generation breakdown for anyone who is still confused:
1965-1980: gen x (karens)
1981-1997: millennials (broke)
1998-2015: gen z (the kids are alright)
— kt but festive (@ktatochip) November 14, 2019
Buzzfeed calling us X’ers ‘Generation Karen”? Badge of honor! pic.twitter.com/M0DhBTsuBL
— TLSP3 please (@mercury973) November 15, 2019
Just found out that Gen Z’s are now calling us the Karen Generation. I reject that moniker. I’m not a Karen.
— Christi Lukasiak (@ChristiLukasiak) November 18, 2019
I hope “ok Karen” becomes a slur and I never get asked to do anything ever again pic.twitter.com/EpP2PYdvd8
— Karen Chee (@karencheee) November 18, 2019
— Tawny Shelby (@TDShelby2) November 15, 2019
Boomer friend: "I think 'OK Boomer' is a slur."
Me: "I think it's funny, and hearing you gripe about it makes it even funnier."
Boomer: "Well, they're calling you Gen Xers the 'Karen generation.'
Me: "Wait. Really?"
Me: "HA HA HA HA HA that's funny as hell."
— Jayson D. Bradley (@jaysondbradley) November 17, 2019