Silence boomer is a catchphrase used by the young people of Gen-Z, most often appearing in image macros where a character with glowing eyes is firing a laser beam. One of the most popular versions of this shows a crab firing the laser onto another crab, resulting in an explosion.
The meme is often used as a reaction meme to old-fashioned jokes and comics, attempting to satirize “boomer humor”.
The meme stemmed to be its own version from a snowclone variant of the other meme called silence, liberal.
Although silence liberal originates from 4chan, silence boomer initially appeared on Reddit in 2019.
According to Google search trend analytics, silence boomer memes were the most popular during late 2019 and early 2020, after which the meme format saw a steep decline in popularity.
Despite receiving attention in a short time-span, the meme was featured on many social media sites & forums, like Reddit, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram.
In November, 2019, channel Benjamin Johnson uploaded a short video on YouTube, titled Silence boomer Meme, that generated a modest 1700 views to date.
- Reddit.com – r/memes