Complaints about “kids these days” are nothing new. Older people have long expressed a dim view toward the attitude of younger generations and their lack of respect for their elders. However, this refrain isn’t just limited to grandparents any more. In fact, you don’t even need to be in your 40s to wonder why today’s youth are such foul-mouthed, hyper-privileged punks.
It’s hard to say whether the young people of today are worse overall than those of a generation or two ago. It may be that those extreme cases have a way of going viral on the internet and we’re simply more aware now of poorly-behaved youth – or is the very fact that many of today’s young people are growing up with the internet and social media influencing them to behave this way in the first place?
These are just a few of the questions that come to mind when you hear stories like that of Jordan Hancock, the 22-year-old son of the mayor of Denver, Michael B. Hancock. When he was pulled over for driving 65 miles per hour in a 40-mile-per-hour zone, the young man’s tirade epitomized the entitlement of his generation.
Bodycam footage released by the police shows exactly what went down. Hancock told the officer when he was stopped that he didn’t have his driver’s license, yet he expected the officer to “hurry up” and give him a ticket as though he was wasting his time – something the officer explained would be difficult without his license as he needed to identify him properly.
After being told that driving 25 miles per hour over the speed limit requires a mandatory court appearance, the officer asked to take his picture because he didn’t have ID with him, and that’s when he really got upset. “You ain’t taking my picture,” he said. “B–ch, my dad’s the mayor, you f—ing f—got.”
After guessing correctly that he was the mayor of Denver – perhaps his name was familiar because of his escort service and sexual harassment scandals? – the officer informed the kid that he was in Aurora, and his father’s power doesn’t extend there.
This didn’t seem to sit well with the privileged young man, who said, “And guess what? I’m about to get you fired, you f—ing b—-” while being sure to mention “I got money.” Wonder how much of this money he earned himself? He also told the officer to “Get a real job!” because saving lives and keeping the city safe apparently doesn’t qualify in his warped world view.
This is the type of situation that many police officers deal with regularly. Few people are happy about getting pulled over, but it takes a special kind of entitled punk to tell a hard-working officer – whom the video shows was clearly being respectful – that they’re going to get them fired just for doing their job.
This expletive-laden outburst calls to mind a similar rant by anti-gun crisis opportunist David Hogg directed toward House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, calling her “old” and telling her to “Move the f–k off the plate and let us take control.” In fact, there seem to be more and more examples of this type of behavior these days.
It’s almost a rite of passage for young people to go through a phase where they think they know better than everyone else, but today’s self-absorbed millennials and post-millennials show a whole new level of disrespect and narcissism that is ultimately going to prove to be pretty imprudent for a group of coddled people who are so unprepared for life in the real world.
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