It is no secret that Baby Boomers and Millennials don’t quite see eye to eye when it comes to which generation has had it hardest, but a British broadcaster has stirred the pot by claiming that those born between 1946 and 1964 “had it easy” compared to the youth of today.
Presenter and journalist Jeremy Vine divided opinion after he shared a controversial video on social media, in which he argues that Boomers are actually the “snowflakes” of society, not Millennials.
The 53-year-old, who presents Channel 5 show Jeremy Vine, posted the video on Twitter, referencing a news story published by the BBC earlier this week, which claimed that young medical students no longer have the dexterity required to perform surgery because they spend so long staring at screens and so little time actually using their hands.
“The story today is that young people aren’t becoming surgeons because they haven’t got any dexterity in their hands because they just swipe their phones the whole time so far so normal,” Vine begins in the video. “Then we started a discussion that actually the real snowflakes are the Baby Boomers.
“Baby Boomers born after world war two but before Bob Dylan released ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’ in 1964 so they’re the ones who avoided all the wars, they’re the ones who broke the economy they’re the ones who broke the planet on the way up.”
He added: “They took the houses the holidays the free education and now they blame the youngsters because all they’re left with doing is taking photos of each other and swiping left and right.
“So, the Baby Boomers are the snowflakes, get off these youngsters 20-somethings’ backs and stop blaming them.”
Many people were quick to slam Vine for his comments, with one saying: “Baby Boomers are the babies born in the 40s when the men returned from war. They have done their bit to build the country without much of what todays generations have. Most now in their 70s Resilient I would say.”
“Seriously disappointed in you Jeremy making a statement without considering or listening to all points of view,” said another user.
However, others agreed. Another wrote: “Absolutely, they destroyed everything. The economy for a start, the best of everything for next to nothing, and then tell young people they are ostentatious for going on a trip to Paris, when you lot bought property for 3,000 quid.”
While another said: “Yes definitely, they seem to be the only ones offended by everything whilst accusing everyone else who isn’t offended of being offended.”