An attempt by an Alabama minor league baseball team to curry favor with prissy millennials has fallen flatter than a pancake and instead provoked the aforementioned prissy millennials into stomping their feet and shouting like, well, prissy millennials.
The hoopla started earlier this month when the Montgomery Biscuits posted a sassy invitation to Twitter inviting local urchins to attend its upcoming millennial-themed night. Sounds harmless enough, right? Yeah, well, take a look at the invitation:
Want free things without doing much work? Well you’re in luck!
Riverwalk Stadium will be Millennial friendly on Saturday, July 21st with a participation ribbon giveaway just for showing up, napping and selfie stations, along with lots of avocados ?
— Montgomery Biscuits (@BiscuitBaseball) July 11, 2018
The team basically mocked millennials by poking fun at their proven penchant for participation trophies, self-adulating selfies and, of course, avocados. Note how the invitation also highlighted “free stuff,” because millennials just love them some socialism.
The good news is that it was introspective mocking, as it turns out most of the Montgomery Biscuits’ front office staff members are themselves millennials.
“80 percent of the people in our front office are millennials, myself included, and we’re just having fun with some of the clichés that people point out about millennials,” the team’s vice president of fan engagement, Mike Murphy, told Fox News.
The bad news is that many (though not all) millennials didn’t care because, you know, wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
It didn’t help that the team decided to double down with the following tweet posted a couple of hours after the original one:
Offended? Feel free to fight your battles IRL and visit us at Riverwalk Stadium. Any millennials that actually come by during office hours before next Saturday and submits a valid complaint in person to our “Millennial Night Thinktank” may get a free ticket or two! https://t.co/XUNOz29gkO
— Montgomery Biscuits (@BiscuitBaseball) July 11, 2018
You gotta love the front office employees’ sense of humor and willingness to laugh at themselves. If only all millennials shared this same attitude. But alas, many don’t.
It’s a little hard to blame them in this case.
“Shame on you for stereotyping and insulting an entire group of people (a group of people that stimulates the economy & supports your games, by the way). No longer a fan. I thought you guys were better than this. I’m so disappointed,” tweeted one very frustrated millennial.
More replies may be read below:
Shame on you for stereotyping and insulting an entire group of people (a group of people that stimulates the economy & supports your games, by the way). No longer a fan. I thought you guys were better than this. I’m so disappointed.
— Jessica Meuse (@JessMeuse) July 12, 2018
It’s a joke that only old fucks find funny. It’s just insulting to the demographic that baseball teams should be worried about losing
— chuggie fresh (@froyobones) July 13, 2018
In this case, understanding the joke means understanding that it was meant to be insulting.
But mostly it was just dated, stupid, and embarrassing that anyone thought it was clever.
— Rachel (@Ray_drpogldnsun) July 12, 2018
and never mind all that shit, why is insulting and alienating a whole generation of people, in a sport that ALREADY has one of the oldest watching populations, a sound strategy? in what world does that make sense?
— Paul’s Henderson ? (@PaulsRockinTwit) July 12, 2018
Wow… that’s a little insulting.
— Colin (@ColinM_23) July 13, 2018
This promotion is spectacularly tone deaf. Wow.
Boomers insulting Millennial’s while simultaneously dying faster than Millennial’s. We’ll quit hearing this shit in a few years.
— Hunter (@hunterb2003) July 12, 2018
You know the selfie and nap shit would be tone deaf, but the “want free stuff” and garbage like that is insulting, we’re the poorest generation since the great depression and I’m sick of being treated like I’m lazy for it
— Kaydn (@KaydnAlbanese) July 12, 2018
But would millennials even a day in the shoes of the Greatest Generation, which survived both the Great Depression and World War I/II? If anything, the of some millennials to the team’s post seemed to only prove the team’s point: Some millennials are kind of spoiled.
They are, as noted by Business Insider, the first generation to enjoy the benefits of being able to stay in constant touch with friends and family via social media, work and/or study from home thanks to the Internet and access health information much more easily than ever before.
The fact is that millennials have opportunities available to them today that their grandparents and great-grandparents would have killed for. So instead of being so uptight and prissy and triggered, perhaps millennials should just, you know, “chill.”
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