Stephen Colbert and Hasan Minhaj spoke about plenty of serious topics during Monday’s edition of The Late Show — but that didn’t mean there wasn’t time for a quick Gen Z/millennial feud explainer, too.
“Stephen, you know there’s a war right now,” says Minhaj, after the subject of what to call the current generation comes up.
“Gen Z hates my generation, the millennials,” he explains. “For the longest time there was a big thing between millennials, Gen X, and we all collectively hated the boomers. But right now, my generation, we’re getting our asses handed to us. We’re getting made fun of our dietary habits, we’re getting made fun of our love of pop culture and Harry Potter and ’90s television. And I’ll be honest, a lot of my core demographic has been ripping me a new one in the internet comments.”
When Colbert asks Minhaj if he’s been engaging with them, the Patriot Act host confirms that he hasn’t been able to resist.
“They’ll be like, ‘Oh, like that joke is so cringey,’ he says. “And I’m like, ‘Really, Brandon? You’re unemployed.’
“What am I doing? This guy is nine years old. But I’m not gonna take crap from a person who is dunking on me with their older sister’s cracked iPhone 6S.”