The words “Okay, Boomer” hilariously appeared in a Star Wars comic years before the phrase became a wildly popular internet meme.
Star Wars has produced some incredible memes over the years, however, a comic from 2015 actually introduced the phrase “OK, Boomer,” years before it became a popular phrase among millennials and Gen Z. Yes, Star Wars did “OK, Boomer,” first, and well before it entered the meme-infused pop culture lexicon – with an obviously different context, obviously.
OK, Boomer is a phrase that’s been used by younger people to make fun of out of touch baby boomers. For example, when an older person criticizes the younger generation for always being on their smartphones, retorting with an “OK, Boomer,” is an appropriate snap back. The phrase date backs a few years but largely became popular last year thanks to TikTok, as there have been songs, dances, and more videos made about it. The phrase has ascended beyond TikTok and memes into the everyday vocabulary of teens.
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The phrase, “Okay, Boomer,” appeared in the Star Wars Universe back in 2015 – albeit with a completely different context. In Star Wars: Chewbacca by Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto, Chewbacca and Zarro concoct a plan to use an R5 repair droid named Boomer chalked full of explosives to take down Imperial forces. After loading the R5 droid with enough firepower to take down an AT-ST, Zarro activates it and sends it towards the giant Imperial walker. Zarro tells the droid, “Okay Boomer, off you go,” before setting it loose.
Sadly, the repair droid’s first attempt at taking down the AT-ST fails. Before it can reach the walker, it stops cold in its tracks, as Jaum and his crew emerge to fight Chewbacca and Zorra. As the firefight breaks out, Zorra reprograms the droid after learning the remote control has been fried, setting a timer for it to go off. Boomer ultimately boards the ship as the crew get away, and imperial forces capture Chewie and his young friend.
Obviously, there’s no intention from Duggan to use the phrase “Okay, Boomer,” as a meme, as it didn’t exist back when the comic was published. However, that doesn’t negate the fact that the hilarious meme appeared inadvertently in a Star Wars comic years before it would become public knowledge. Sure, it has an entirely different meaning, but when viewed in the context of what the phrase means today, it’s quite funny. It’s silly, but ‘Okay, Boomer” appeared in the Star Wars Universe long before it became a meme – even if it’s not exactly the same.
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