Gen Z vs. millennials: Why TikTok hates skinny denims and aspect elements
In the last year or so, and mostly because of TikTok, a portrait of the stereotypical millennium has emerged: You use the crying laughing emoji seriously, even though it flinches. They love the word “doggo”. They are weirdly obsessed with Disney and Harry Potter, and wine too. But above all, they wear side panels and skinny jeans more than any of these things.
It’s a portrait that has been around for a while, and for the most part, the general response from Millennials was, “You’re right,” especially last summer when a tweet of TikTok comments against the Millennials went viral and phrases like ” You I’m worried about your Harry Potter house, but you live in a one bedroom apartment. They worry about the wrong houses. “That still makes me laugh.
But after an article in Walrus got the conversation going again last week, this time around, millennials seemed to be taking things personally, largely because they annoyed their side pieces and skinny jeans as being hopelessly uncool.
Most of the tweets I talk about are lighthearted and obviously intended as jokes: “I parted my hair in the middle because I recently understood that this is a Gen Z trait and had the terrible realization that it just makes me look like Rick degrassi, ”tweeted writer Maya Kosoff. “Every time I hear about something that judges us against, I annoy it for about half a second before I remember how for years we thought that calf-length leggings worn under a desperate denim mini are the pinnacle of coolness, ”added author Anne T. Donahue.
And then my sister sent me this from a mom influencer account that she follows:
In case you can’t read it, the text says, “Hey Gen Z. I had infertility, PPD, and suicidal thoughts, cut my stomach open during childbirth and peed in a diaper. I am paying a mortgage, work and school my child in a pandemic. It’s cute that you think I have time or fucks to talk about what you think of my hair and jeans. “
Here’s the thing about this tweet, sure to be written by an understandably exhausted person dealing with serious stress, as many of us are in this very terrible time: nobody is attacking you and it’s not that deep.
First of all, this is one of the ways children do. The elderly are fun to piss off when you are young because your only power over them is cultural and people hate feeling old and chilly. Second, it’s not like Gen Z is against all millennials. They are the people who’ve been toughest on millennial celebrities, and it’s not that generations have been physically prevented from maintaining relationships with one another. Third, if you don’t want to make sweeping judgments about an entire group of people, it’s not that only Gen-Z poke fun at millennials. Every generation has its embarrassing stereotype, and that is ours. It could be so much worse!
But I think the best case to not bother about the things teenagers say about adults is that once you accept that your generation is no longer the shiny new toy, it is actually extremely refreshing. Online makes us all old all the time. Rather than being more desperate to stay relevant, I invite all of us to just sit in. For one thing, I really want to go back to the time of 2012, when terms like “doggo” wouldn’t let me throw in my mouth and when Gryffindor wasn’t a problem because JK Rowling wasn’t fully masked yet. And there is no need to protect yourself from hairpieces or jeans as fashion is agnostic for a person’s age. We associate trends with those in their teenage years when they’re popular, but not necessarily because teenagers made them up.
There is another option. It’s arguably unethical to piss off minors, but if you really want a good comeback in the unlikely scenario of a teen approaching you and making fun of your skinny jeans, there are literally so many mean things you can do about Gen Z. can say: that their biggest goal is life is to do a little dance that goes viral that they invented the food of tide pods or that they claim they were starting revolutions against capitalism and then the Amazon Buy product popular on TikTok this week.
See? It’s mean and rude, but it’s okay too, because generation generalizations don’t target one person and probably don’t even apply to most. Part your hair the way it looks good on your head. The same goes for jeans and your bum. I promise there’s nothing more terrible than doing what the teenagers tell you to do.
TikTok on the news
- The plan to sell TikTok’s American operations to Oracle and Walmart has been suspended indefinitely, according to the WSJ. Even better news for TikTok: The Biden administration has pulled back from Trump’s attack on Chinese apps.
Black creators say TikTok failed to keep its promise to better remove racial prejudice from its moderation and censorship policies.
- Influencers will soon be able to jump into the very lucrative affiliate marketing game on TikTok, which informs advertisers about a number of new shopping features, reports FT. Instagram was shaking!
- Influencers can now join SAG-AFTRA. This means influencers are entitled to health insurance, collective bargaining power and other union benefits for the time being, and are one step closer to a world where the notoriously unregulated influencer market has standardized compensation.
- TikTok Collab House Managers continue to (supposedly) be terrible.
One last thing
Please discuss this TikToker theory that all white faces exist on a spectrum between Snapchat Bitmoji and the Whos from Whoville.