Spoiled. Entitled. Spoon-fed-idiots. Is that what comes to mind when you hear the word “millennials“? The 20 year olds of today will surely scream, “That’s just a stereotype!” — which is true — but there are many millennials a.k.a. Generation Y-ers who fit that sad stereotype oh-so-perfectly. Let’s take a look at the things these sorry folk are doing that are giving all millennials a (very) bad name.
Everything Justin Bieber does.
Ah, the Biebz. Sure, we rag on him a lot, but it’s all justifiable. Justin perfectly exemplifies why other generations hate millennials.
a. He’s arrogant.
Remember his deposition hearing? The one where he was supposed to explain his photographer assault case — but instead mouthed off to the lawyers who were questioning him? Worst of all, the tape was leaked and so everyone got to see what a jerk he is.
b. He said this about Anne Frank: “Hopefully she would have been a Belieber.”
OK, if Anne Frank were alive today, maybe she would have been a Bieber fan… But come on, did he seriously say that?! Instead of encouraging his young fans to learn about Anne Frank’s amazing story, he just had to plug himself. Typical millennial, right? We don’t need to cite anymore Bieber samples.
That’s not a picture of fireworks. That’s the Challenger disaster.
Clothing store American Apparel has their own Tumblr account — millennials love Tumblr — and one of their employees decided they wanted to celebrate the Fourth of July by posting a photo of fireworks. Unfortunately, the picture they ended up putting up (with a red filter and the hastags #clouds and #smoke) was one of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster which killed seven crew members.
“The image was re-blogged in error by one of our international social media employees who was born after the tragedy and was unaware of the event,” American Apparel posted. “We sincerely regret the insensitivity of that selection and the post has been deleted.”
Born. After. The. Tragedy. That’s their excuse. We’ll just let that one sink in for a second. Do your research, ya silly kids! (Also, that picture looks nothing like fireworks and/or clouds.)
“Hey boss, my dad says I’m underpaid.”
We wish this was a joke, but, sadly, this really happened. An anonymous agency executive told Digiday that a recent graduate and new employee walked into their office and told them that her dad thought she was underpaid. “I replied that her dad should call me so that we could discuss the matter. He never called.” Oy.
“Titanic” wasn’t just a movie.
This is so embarrassing to admit, but there are young people out there that believe the world’s most famous shipwreck was just the title of a really good movie.
And that’s just one example. To make matters worse, once these unfortunate souls found out that the Titanic was a real ship, they figured that Jack and Rose’s love story fact too. Read a book for God’s sake.
The “affluenza” case
A Texas teen, who killed four people and injured two others while driving drunk, was only sentenced to 10 years of probation and was given no jail time. Why you ask? Because he was a victim of “affluenza” — as CNN defines it, “the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy.” Wait, what?
So, there you have it. While there are many, many more examples we could cite, you get the gist. Smart millennials everywhere need to band together before all that’s said about them in the history books is this, “They were here. They were stupid. They left.”