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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Those damned Baby Boomers

What's Mallard raving about today?

Baby Boomers.

Make fun of an entire generation of people by stereotyping them and then mock their age-related problems.

Apparently Mallard is going for the Bitter Crank of the Year award.

14 comments:

exanonymous said...

There's a general lack of hippiness to the commercials in my part of the world regarding these medical problems. And a general lack of former hippies acting in this manner.

By "my part", I do mean one state over to the east from Tinsley's.

Starshark said...

Bruce Tinsley born 1958, apparently isn't a baby boomer. He must have gotten an exemption, or more likely they kicked him out for being a reprehensible human being. Could this be the reason behind his bitterness and drinking?

Kaitlyn said...

But he's not bitter, DaveyK. Gah, you're such an elitist.

What does this have to do with anything?

I've seen some commercials about aging baby boomers, but they're not medical. They're about retirement and having fun. (I remember surf boards.)

I don't think Bruce thinks old people should have fun. They should complain and be grumpy, like him!

But boomers will be annoying when they bitch, because they were hippies.

This is remarkably bitter, sad, and cruel. Not to mention completely insane.

Bitter - he was too young to be a hippy.

Sad - he thinks this is funny.

Cruel - he's making fun of medical problems.

Starshark - Bruce may be a member of the baby boom generation, but I don't like it. My mom is, but she was born in '62! I think whoever defines generations makes them *way* too long.

My generation is the millenials, and according to a magazine article I read (about middle eastern fashion of "millenials" - it was very interesting), the term covers people born between 1980 and 2000.

That's too long! People born in 1990 sure as hell didn't experience the same things growing up as those born in 1980. Especially when it comes to computers! And world politics!

And this is what gets me - you and your kid can be part of the same generation! Isn't that cool?


So yeah, Bruce is part of the baby boom, and he missed the sixties. It happens. And it will happen. Some members of my generation remember OJ's trial, some of us don't. Some of us weren't even alive!


Er, that got out of control. But I'll post it anyway.

12xuser said...

Of course Tinsley is a boomer, and he should have been represented in his comic. There are some missing characters here who could have been saying things like:

"My liver, healthy or diseased!"

"Your bad back, love it or leave it!"

"The idea that cigarettes cause cancer is a Communistic plot and bad for business!"

"The germ theory of disease is just a theory!"

"Just say no, to pancreatic cancer!"

dlauthor said...

Apparently Mallard is going for the Bitter Crank of the Year award.

I promise to give him the Lifetime Achievement award if he'll retire immediately thereafter. Then he can focus on his first love, Leaving Las Vegas-style.

rewinn said...

"...youth [is] not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease." --- RFK.

What Tinsley hates about old hippies is that, as years go by, we keep the best parts of being young.

He, OTOH, seems to have been born with the worst parts of being old.

Kaitlyn said...

rewinn - Tinz is a Plugger!

Many days feature aspects of being old, but one really applies. Something along the lines of "Plugger celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with warm milk."

The first wave of the baby boom generation had a lot of fun defying convention, and even some who became yuppies will continue to do so as they get older. Especially after retirement! All that time available.

But Tinz believes that it's all about the talk. And hippies had bad slogans and will continue to use them.

Kaitlyn said...

I want to address what the 3 straw boomers are saying.

The first on is a genuine concern - doesn't everyone want their cholesterol to stay down?

The second one - isn't that the idea behind medical research?

Tinz may be making fun of protesters and not health problems and medical research, but this is Bruce Tinsley. No one should worry about their health. The market will take care of it.

The third is just bizarre - and it looks like he's in the middle of said exam.

This whole thing is bizarre and comes out of nowhere - this is a placeholder for when he ran out of "Barack Obama is an elitist" jokes.

Later this week, he will make me wrong by having another Obama joke.

But this can't be accidental! He dates his strips, he knows what order they're in!

GeoX said...

I like the "meanwhile" that this comic opens with--as if it's actually part of some sort of ongoing narrative, as opposed to the usual disjointed Tinsley burbling.

Celia said...

I get the impression Bruce has been a cranky old man since he was a little boy. You get people like that sometimes. And he didn't join in with all the awesome stuff that was going on when he was young, and looked down on it - only to find that the people who did the awesome stuff are the ones everyone looks back on when they remember that time.

Matt Ramone said...

Is that Ann Coulter?

Starshark said...

celia said, "I get the impression Bruce has been a cranky old man since he was a little boy. You get people like that sometimes. And he didn't join in with all the awesome stuff that was going on when he was young, and looked down on it - only to find that the people who did the awesome stuff are the ones everyone looks back on when they remember that time."

Garry Trudeau once made a joke about right-wingers who were bitter about sitting out the revolution, and I wish I could remember it because I think it sums up Tinsley to a T.

ajmilner said...

#1: Later this week, he will make me wrong by having another Obama joke.

But this can't be accidental! He dates his strips


Lord knows Bruce Tinsley ain't dating women...

#2: What Tinsley hates about old hippies is that, as years go by, we keep the best parts of being young.

He, OTOH, seems to have been born with the worst parts of being old.


"Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will." -- Baudelaire

Think about it.

GeoX said...

Lord knows Bruce Tinsley ain't dating women...

Frighteningly enough, The Tinz is married with children.