Millennials have often been criticized as being a generation of thin-skinned people, and it’s a criticism that really knows no political boundaries.
Apolitical independents like Jerry Seinfeld have said they will not play college campuses because of how easily offended students of today are. The more left-leaning Chris Rock shares this sentiment.
There have also been left-wing personalities like author Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) calling Millennials “Generation Wuss,” while on the right, Rush Limbaugh has called them “thoroughly corrupted” and speculates they will be “eclipsed by their own kids faster than they know what hit them.”
However, most criticism of millennials comes from people who do not belong specifically to the generation, which has been defined as people with birthdates anywhere from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.
In a blog post rant for The Oxytocin Chronicle, self-described millennial Rachel Foote has given her generation the tongue-lashing of a lifetime.
The post, bluntly entitled “Generation Cry Baby: Why Millennials Are a F**king Joke,” Foote describes her generation as “a generation of p***ies.”
“Millennials,” Foote begins, “your parents won’t say it, and your peers won’t say it because it seems every little thing is sending you all to a therapist because you’re just sooooooo victimized, but… Get. The. F**K. Over. Yourself.”
Foote did not seem to be concerned if anyone reading her words were offended by the bluntness. In fact, she said that she hoped it offended, although “honestly, I could say just about anything and it would offend you. Because that’s just how our generation is.”
To make her point further to millennials, Foote brought up the Psychology Today piece from September, 2015, that highlights a growing issue in colleges wherein professors are admitting that they grade easier because they are fearful of students’ “emotional” reactions.
To this, Foote hit the Caps-Lock.
“ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!… TEACHERS ARE AFRAID TO DO THEIR FREAKING JOBS BECAUSE YOU’RE SO D*** DELICATE?!”
She then talked about her time as a camp counselor, pausing to lament that the next generation — named “The Founders” by MTV, according to this TIME piece — “is worse than ours.”
“These kids are being raised on so much organic, special snowflake bulls**t that they’ll probably have a psychological breakdown the second someone tells them they’re not as perfect as they think they are. And it’s nauseating,” Foote writes.
For the angry millennial, her generation fails because they take every criticism as a personal attack on their character. Rather than seeing criticism as constructive, they crawl into the proverbial hole and declare themselves victims.
“Now, I get college is stressful. I get life is stressful. And yes, words can hurt. But we have gotten to a point as a generation where people can’t even make a joke without someone going all #ThisIsACauseNow. Please, shut up.”
In closing, Foote remarks that those angry by her post are exactly whom she is talking about.
If you want to read the entire thing — and there is plenty to chew on for millennials and otherwise — make sure to hit the link above.
As for the reaction, it’s running the gamut from elated to irate.
Some called it “pandering nonsense” and criticized the author of doing the very thing she’s railing against — whining about something that offends her.
Foote, to her credit, does not back away from this argument, first acknowledging it, then claiming that she “wrote this out of boredom and frustration in my philosophy class after witnessing some ‘special snowflake’ entitlement.”
Most of the reaction was largely supportive — and it didn’t seem to come from other millennials, with many giving their age or status as a baby boomer or Generation Xer.
It’s also important to note that not everyone thinks millennials are all that bad.
Other millennials also have their own point of view.
But what do you think, readers? Is Foote being unfair to her generation, and are millennials really as thin-skinned as some are saying?
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