In this economy (and with this dismal housing market) millennials are less and less optimistic about the possibility of, one day, owning a home. Rent payments are impossible enough to scrounge up, so the concept of saving thousands of dollars a year is a pipe dream.
How do we handle it? By eating (and drinking) our feelings, of course. As it turns out, our weekly healing ritual aka Sunday brunch has come under fire by the "experts."
Social demographer Bernard Salt unknowingly sparked a Twitter uprising of millennials this week, thanks to his most recent piece in The Australian.
There was the typical ranting about irresponsible millennials not saving for home ownership. But then things got ugly:
I have seen young people order smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread at $22 a pop and more. I can afford to eat this for lunch because I am middle-aged and have raised my family. But how can young people afford to eat like this? Shouldn’t they be economising by eating at home? How often are they eating out? Twenty-two dollars several times a week could go towards a deposit on a house.
Brunch enthusiasts (and reasonable people in general) were quick to criticize the article for its ridiculous condemnation of the beloved avocado.
Bernard is right. If the youngens want to own property they should quit eating smashed avocado and start eating the rich— Michael Roddan (@MichaelRoddan) October 16, 2016
Skipped smashed avocado for breakfast this morning. Excited to buy a house next week.— Tony Broderick ? (@brod) October 16, 2016
Given I'm allergic to avocado and cannot enjoy smashed avo lunches it is particularly galling that I'm not a property mogul already— Rachael Lonergan (@RachaelHasIdeas) October 15, 2016
I ate so much smashed avocado for dinner I could have bought 2 houses for that but damn it was tasty #MakeAvocadoAffordableAgain— brianna? (@heybriannamay) October 19, 2016
Besides, the claims just weren't adding up.
@BernardSalt is right of course, just give up $22 a week and you'll have a deposit on a median priced house in Sydney in... 175 years.— Kyle Sheldrick (@K_Sheldrick) October 15, 2016
Forgoing a $20 smashed avocado meal a week will save $1040 a year. A 20% deposit for a home in Sydney is ~$200,000 (@ median house price)— Frank Keany (@FJKeany) October 16, 2016
Ever older generations started to get involved in the debate.
I’m old enough to remember when smashed avocado on toast was known as “avocado on toast”— Fiona Katauskas (@FionaKatauskas) October 19, 2016
Hey kids, you won't believe this, but back in day we also used to spread avocado on toast. If only we'd had ingenuity to call it "smashed"— Rohan Connolly (@rohan_connolly) October 19, 2016
People quickly tired of the fight.
Can somebody send up a flare when we can stop analysing smashed avocado? Thanks, in advance.— Katharine Murphy (@murpharoo) October 19, 2016
And let's be honest, it's not like we're ever going to give up our precious avocado.
Bernard salt can pry my smashed avocado from my cold dead hands pic.twitter.com/4Pjz8y4aJG— Simon R (@Rugbysmartarse) October 16, 2016
I am a dad with a mortgage, therefore I deserve this smashed avo with feta on toast. pic.twitter.com/3nJCHMG5hn— Pat Caruana (@patbcaruana) October 16, 2016
Now businesses are making the most of the "smashed avocado scandal."
It would be a shame to lose out on the business opportunity here, right?
Now, avocado enthusiasts can purchase their very own "Make Smashed Avocado Affordable Again" caps — because how else can we expect change?
Three cafés in Sydney, all which believe that millennials can truly have it all, will be offering discounted avocado brunch items for the week. $7-10 avocado specials for all!
Interesting how things work out...
Ironically, the photographer who took all the stock images of smashed avocado on toast can now afford a house. pic.twitter.com/hI0KEwaKoD— Sophie Braham (@sophiebrahams) October 18, 2016
Luckily, Bernard seems to have recognized the errors of his anti-avocado ways.
Smashed avocado w crumbled feta on toasted sourdough at Raw Energy cafe Brisbane $14.50 for breakfast. I can do this too! pic.twitter.com/oQp7hvqumA— Bernard Salt (@BernardSalt) October 18, 2016
Is it too late now to say sorry?