Demonstrating that some millennials have a terrific sense of humor, a Gen Y singer named Micah Tyler released a video poking fun at his age group, disarming many of the negative stereotypes about his generation.
The music video “You’ve Gotta Love Millennials” went viral after hitting the Internet on Thursday, reaching more than 23.1 million viewers on social media:
“As a millennial myself, I’ve heard so many hard stereotypes that have been firmly attached to my generation. Instead of shying away or ignoring any of them, I figured we might as well laugh about them together! Humor is such a disarming force,” Tyler told the Christian Post, explaining why he created the video.
“As I stood before over 750 church leaders from all over the world at this conference, I knew we needed to get every elephant in the room out of the way so we could focus on living beyond the labels and link arms as one Body. … JP Pokluda’s message following the video was all about the hope that millennials are to the world today and for the future. This video was just a funny little Trojan horse to get us there,” he said.
The 33-year-old father of three is a singer/songwriter and worship leader from Buna, Texas, with a passion to “reach out to the unchurched with his Gospel-centered pop/soul music style.”
“You’ve Gotta Love Millennials” brings up stereotypes of the Gen Y generation such as “man buns,” Instagram selfies and an entitlement attitude. He created the video in hopes it would break down barriers between the generations when it debuted at a leaders conference at Watermark Church in Dallas, Texas.
“My only intention was to serve a room full of leaders by making an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek representation of how crazy stereotypes can be against a group of people. To share it on social media and have it go viral was never the goal, just an added bonus!” he said. “The way it showcases some divisions across generational lines, I hope it will help some people laugh together, start conversations, and ultimately, help us grasp the work we all need to do to become the Body that Jesus has called us to be.”
Tyler performs over 200 times annually at churches, camps and concert venues. His first full length solo record, “The Story I Tell,” which debuted in October 2013 reached No. 3 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel charts.