It was a simple report about a health study, but the headline took on a life of its own on social media.
The NPR story focused on the health risks of prolonged sitting, particularly for those between the ages of 50 and 71. The headline was supposed to be a call of encouragement for people to get up and move. Instead, some folks didn’t bother to read beyond the headline and they took “Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers” as a personal insult.
Many of those who took offense appeared to be supporters of President Donald Trump:
"Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers" We did get off the couch and elected @POTUS what we need is the millennials to get out of their basements— ImNotFakeNews (@harpus88) September 4, 2017
"Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers" - I worked from 16 to 62 years of age. I am tired. I owe YOU nothing! YOU are your own problem!— Deplorable D Pierce (@DianePierce532) September 4, 2017
"Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers" They aren't on the couch. Who do you think works in this country?— BertsPost.com (@bertspost) September 4, 2017
"Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers" https://t.co/DG8bSPc1cw?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313 Google it, there are many, none over age of 30, ur preaching to the wrong crowd— WKiraW (@WKiraW) September 4, 2017
"Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers" We did, that's why Trump is President!— gregory davis (@gdavi12_davis) September 4, 2017
So now the democrat party slogan is "Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers" Typical, demand others who worked, built, suffered do more for them— Behind Enemy Lines (@BushwackCA) September 4, 2017
Naturally, there was also a counter-reaction:
"Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers"— Jason Bourget (@JasonBourget2) September 4, 2017
They'll believe it when Alex Jones says it.
WOW! "Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers" certainly triggered some angry boomers too lazy to read the story.— JoJo (@minnesotajo) September 4, 2017
Get Off the Couch Baby Boomers isn't political, you dummies. It's a health article about the dangers of not exercising as you age, ffs.— Aღanda (@GrnEyedMandy) September 4, 2017
Older Trumpists are in a RAGE over health/wellness article, "Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers."— Luke Blackwood (@LukeDBlackwood) September 4, 2017
Who knew they were such precious ️️️?
Giving life-prolonging tips for Baby Boomers is probably the best reason yet to defund NPR https://t.co/yZDCfgAKsK— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September 4, 2017
(h/t Raw Story)
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.