Were you born between 1981 and 1996? Like Leopold I of Austria, heedless of the Schwyz’s Machiavellian plan during the Battle of Morgarten, you are probably unaware that an assault is being waged against you at this very moment. Normal: you have little (or not) practiced the battlefield: TikTok. In recent weeks, the platform has seen an increase in video clips directly attacking us millennials. Starting with our… capillary asymmetry. You know, that sacrosanct side parting adopted at 14, sober heir to the zigzag pattern and never touched since. It would be totally outdated.
We owe this sentence to “Gen Z”, these post-1997 babies nicknamed the Zoomers (long before the explosion of videoconferencing). You’ve got to see them parading under their curtains of hair parted in the middle, sometimes topped with a bob. Imagine that these urban fishermen are also after our wardrobe, our tight jeans in particular that they encourage, in images, to cut or burn – since January, more than 270,000 videos have been tagged with “No skinny jeans”. As for the “laughter tears” emoji dear to young people in their thirties, they sneer at it and replace it with a skull, an “afhkailfuhao” or a “lkdfjhodfi”, gloubi-boulgas supposed to signify hilarity.
“Maybe if they don’t use this emoji anymore, their friends aren’t funny?” Half amused, half offended, hundreds of millennials rushed to retaliate in passive-aggressive mode on their own turf: Twitter. In what honor do the Zoomers play the police of good taste? Do they realize that their look, choker necklaces and Dr. Martens, is just a rehash of our heyday, the 90? That we have been familiar with low flared waists, but they get soggy on rainy days?
Gen Z don’t use the emoji 😂 because their friends aren’t funny
– Pate Gardner (@pate_gardner) February 16, 2021
Before remembering, ironically, that it was we who mocked the “Boomers” not so long ago… Why do these clashes of generations, artificially delimited by demographers, affect us so much? We know the cyclical fashion (Marilyn Monroe wore the side parting), constantly redefined by youth in reaction to what precedes it. Precisely: it is this transfer of power, and of “coolness”, that destabilizes us. Realize through these taunts that others are now making trends and that yes, we are getting old. Not yet dropped but gently dethroned.
Let’s change the paradigm! Instead of competing for the title of the best fringe, or the one suffering the most from the economic crisis, let’s recognize the small and big victories of each generation. So I’ll thank the Zoomers for bringing wide pants back to life: more body positive and, above all, future must-haves post-pandemic. As for my side parting, don’t touch it, thank you.