Radio hosts says ‘boomer’ the new n-word

Boomer, which is a slang term for the baby boomer generation, has become a controversial word as of late. Millennials have been using the phrase “OK, boomer” whenever someone from the generation criticizes them online, shutting down arguments and frustrating the older generation.

And while it’s meant to be funny, “boomers” aren’t really taking it that way.

Radio host Bob Lonsberry compared the phrase to a racial slur, saying it’s the new n-word.

“Being hip and flip does not make bigotry ok, nor is a derisive epithet acceptable because it is new,” Lonsberry wrote in a since deleted tweet.

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Lonsberry, who hosts a conservative radio show on WHAM radio and WSYR radio, deleted the tweet after backlash and hasn’t discussed the statement since.

Dictionary.com weighed in, saying, “Boomer is an informal noun referring to a person born during a baby boom, especially one born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1965,” the digital dictionary tweeted. “The n-word is one of the most offensive words in the English language.”

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