Whoopi Goldberg lays into lazy Gen Z who 'only want to work 4 hours a day'

Whoopi Goldberg attends FGI Night of Stars 39th Annual Gala at The Plaza

Whoopi Goldberg attends FGI Night of Stars 39th Annual Gala at The Plaza

Jack Walters

By Jack Walters

Published: 09/11/2023

- 22:48

Younger Americans believe they are worse off than their parents

Whoopi Goldberg has laid into Gen Zers who only want to work four-hours per day.

The 67-year-old was discussing what she considers the problem with Gen Zers and Millennials.

Goldberg and other ABC panellists were looking at research showing younger generations have a “much different view” of the American Dream than past generations.

“Data shows that soaring inflation, student debt and limited room for advancement in the workplace has made them feel that milestones like affording a home, starting a family, [and] excelling within the corporate structure are out of reach,” Goldberg explained.

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Alyssa Farah Griffin, a Trump aide-turned-critic, stressed Millennials have gone through a “housing crisis,” “financial crisis,” “9/11,” and have been “at war” for practically their entire lives.

But Goldberg snapped back, adding: “Every generation comes and wants to do better than their parents did. Every generation.

“But I’m sorry. If you only want to work four hours, it’s gonna be harder for you to get a house.”

She continued: “I feel for everybody that feels this but I’m sorry, we busted our behinds.

A stock image of young people

A stock image of young people


“We had to bust our behinds because we didn’t have the option of going back.”

The panellists locked horns yet again when Griffin insisted Millennials are the first generation that are statistically more likely to do “worse” than their parents.

Goldberg replied: “You know what? That’s what they said to us as well.

“Every generation is told, ‘You’re gonna do worse than your parents.’

Alyssa Farah Griffin

Alyssa Farah Griffin


“And you know what? People pick it up and they do what they do and they raise themselves and this is what you gotta do. It’s called being a good citizen.”

The debate comes after polling revealed that two-thirds of Americans believe younger people face hardships today that earlier generations did not.

Harris Poll CEO John Gerzema: “They're telling us they can't buy into that American dream the way that their parents and grandparents thought about it ‒ because it's not attainable.”

Gen Zers and Millennials also believe it is harder to buy their own home, with 55 per cent expressing doubts about the purchase.

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