It’s an insult you see in every argument on the internet, it’s a favourite of the right, they also love ‘libtard’. But are the old, angry right wingers right? Are the millennial generation a bunch of ‘snowflake libtards’?
How did we get to this point? Where many are offended by the most mundane things they could easily ignore and carry on with life.
At The New Gentleman, we believe we’ve found the answer, the media has been slowly turning the majority of millennials into snowflakes. Mainstream media coddles us, and it has not been for the better.
For example, the University Of East Anglia made headlines when their student union branded a local Mexican restaurant racist for giving out free sombrero’s. This opened the floodgates for right-wing media outlets to launch their attack on so-called snowflake students.
The Daily Mail and Sunday Mirror published an article claiming that the University of Cambridge had asked students to use the gender-neutral pronoun “ze” instead of “he” or “she”. It later emerged that this was untrue, but the damage had been done.
Many are quick to blame parents for the sensitivity of this new generation. Whilst parents share some blame, we also have to put the media on trial as well. Their fascination with selling papers and getting hits on their website has led them to use scare mongering to get good returns.
It’s this scare mongering that has made millennials who they are, everywhere they are bombarded with a new scientific study that has proven drinking water gives you cancer, everyone who wants to have a debate on immigration is a racist and the list goes on.
We already know we have offended many of you already, you are already thinking of what passive aggressive comment you are going to leave, but ask yourself, are you really offended or do you just feel like you should be.
There was once a time when it was students who were pushing forward for free speech, fighting against the establishment for their voices to be heard, now students are fighting so that only approved voices that don’t offend anyone can be heard.
Again we have to look at another university. In the mid-1960s, students of the University of California, Berkeley undertook a mass-movement for free speech. Mario Silvio gave what is considered the iconic speech of the Free Speech movement.
Here is the most powerful extract:
“There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it — that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!”
Silvio’s speech helped propel the movement to success and in the aftermath another student movement was forged. The anti-Vietnam student movement owes its success to Silvio’s speech.
However, millennials have failed to honour Silvio’s legacy in early February, there was a violent protest which shut down a talk by popular conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos. Instead of maintaining the liberal ideal of free speech and tolerance, students mobilised to prevent an opposing ideology being discussed on their campus.
This sounds very familiar, a person with differing opinion being silenced. One can regard millennials as left-wing dictators. If you do not co-sign their movement they will silence you taking away your platform to spread your message.
These are all things millennials have learnt from their elders before them, only this time outrage at the Vietnam war has turned to outrage against Sombreros.
If you don’t believe the media is responsible for turning the younger generation into snowflakes please read this article titled Why Calling Liberals “Snowflakes” Makes You Look Ridiculous. Sites like this exist in their droves, millennial safe spaces where all content shamelessly panders to these protected individuals.
The author argues “Snowflake” — much like “cuck” — is being used to make liberals and progressives (or anyone who has feelings beyond the hatred and bigotry put forth by the Republican party) feel soft, insecure, or weak.”
See what I mean, the author straight of the bat, suggests anyone who is not a Democrat must love hatred and bigotry, but such is to be expected from a media outlet which has an article on 10 Ways to Deal With Trump-Induced Stress.
What is one of these ways you ask? Well the great content creators at Popsugar suggest you should ‘Turn Off the News’, avoid differing viewpoints as these will only stress you out. This is what millennials are being spoon fed by the media, no wonder they are offended by anything and everything, they are being told to avoid facing reality in fear it might ‘stress’ them out.
The scary thing is it’s not just a one-off, Popsugar like UNILAD are all popular websites frequented daily by millennials and they all have the same message. Everything is offensive. Until millennials stop using these media outlets as their form of information, there is no hope.