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Internet riled up over cruel new Gen-Z, Millennial clapback calling COVID-19 as ‘Boomer Remover’

The generational wars are far from over, so it seems. And the new virus outbreak just made it uglier.

You may recall late last year when the millennials and the Gen Z coined the term “Okay, boomer” as a retort to the older generation after being called too sensitive or too self-entitled and everything else in between. The boomers, which refers to the Baby Boomer generation–a demographic cohort most often defined as individuals born between 1946 and 1964–have been up and arms against this diss since then. Well now the younger camp has found a new way to use this clapback, in light of the recent spread of COVID-19 on a global scale.

On February 29 this year, Twitter user @nurselietv posted the tweet “I heard someone call the coronavirus the ‘boomer remover’.”


The catchphrase seems to be a clever improv at first, relating it to the high incidence of COVID-19-related deaths among people 60 years and older. The term is now making the rounds on social media and everyone’s angry for a variety of reasons, making the clash fiercer than ever.

A lot of people from different generations are obviously calling foul over this term, because the threat is serious, the deaths are real, and people are losing loved ones over this virus.

Everybody’s wired up and on high alert because a lot of the major cities with cases are now on lockdown. But Millennials and Gen Zs are not bogging down. The kids are tired of corruption, economic inequality, climate change, and yes, virus outbreaks that they attribute to the older generation’s perceived lack of consideration and resistance to a changing world culture. There’s no question that both sides have their own solid arguments, but can we all just agree to disagree?

Because at a time when everyone is panic buying, no one is touching another person, and people are dying, shouldn’t we just look out for each other and not spark up yet another online debate that no one’s winning?

In conclusion: Don’t get yourself removed.


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