Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is a millennial. Not necessarily because of anything he has said or done, but because of his age. Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are the segment of the population born in the early 1980s to mid-90s. Trubisky was born in 1994; ergo, he falls under the generational classification of a millennial.
But as it turns out, he’s also a millennial for reasons other than his age—and they aren’t good ones.
Millennials get described as being lazy, self-absorbed, poorly-prepared individuals with no direction or aspirations in life. People call them “snowflakes” and accuse them of killing societal and economic norms. They care more about themselves than the people around them. You can’t rely on them. Everything that is wrong in the world can be blamed on millennials.
They don’t want to work. A millennial prefers everything given to them. Why? Because they are entitled to it simply because they want it. Do not dare to criticize them either; they can’t handle it. Or so the stereotypes go.
So—how does Mitchell Trubisky fit the mold?
During his time with the media this week, Trubisky shared something that he really shouldn’t have:
In theory, his idea has merit. It does become easier to focus on the task at hand and concentrate on playing better football with fewer distractions.
But the idea plays right into the whole image of millennials being too soft and unable to handle criticism. Rather than face it and deal with it, they hide it and pretend it doesn’t exist.
It’s why people often refer to them as overly-sensitive and call them snowflakes. But this isn’t the first time he has outed himself as the ultimate millennial.
Back in 2017, when he was making the rounds with the media leading up to the draft, he said he wanted to be called “Mitchell” rather than “Mitch.”
Something like that was fodder for the Twitter trolls and analysts, and they just ate it up. Some thought it was because Mitch sounded more childish, and he wanted to be seen more as an adult entering the NFL. Logic that was a bit childish as well. But the request fits the mold of a millennial and criticism of millennials.
Being called by your given name is not going to make you a man or cause anyone to see you in a more mature light. Changing people’s perception is something earned over time through actions—something millennials don’t like to do.
Twitter, of course, had the kind of fun you would expect:
It’s easy to find articles about how people misunderstand millennials. It is just as easy to find articles critical of them. Is the older generation grossly misunderstanding the younger one (because that never happens)? Or are the critics right about millennials?
Because Mitchell Trubisky certainly seems to be misunderstood.
Going by “Mitchell” rather than “Mitch” was not about perception. He just wanted to make his momma happy. What generation wouldn’t want to do that?
As for turning off the televisions, Trubisky knows that his Bears teammates are going to hear all the critics everywhere else. He just wants to quiet them down while the team is at work. That way, it should be easier to concentrate and focus on the task at hand.
He’s just trying to create a better environment for the team. How very “kumbaya” of him—and millennial-ish.
Last modified: June 12, 2020 6:44 PM UTC