Don’t get me wrong, she more or less always was, with even the president of the United States firing abuse at her from Twitter, but this time things have gotten really out of hand.
During an Extinction Rebellion protest in Rome, Italy, an effigy of the Swedish climate change activist was hung from a bridge. The effigy wore a poncho and had plaits, while a sign read on it – in English – “Greta is your God”.
Police are now looking into “aggravated attacks”, while politicians are condemning the act. On the same day, climate change protests took place all over the world and in cities like Sydney, Berlin and Amsterdam.
This comes after Thunberg showed her solidarity with the Extinction Rebellion group, promoting the acts of “civil disobedience” in order to have the governments of the world listen.
Rome’s mayor Virginia Raggi has shown her support for Greta and her family on Twitter after the personal attack, saying:
“The mannequin of @GretaThunberg found hanging from a bridge in our city is shameful. The whole of @Roma and my solidarity is with her and her family. Our climate commitment does not stop.”
Meanwhile, Leader of the democratic party in Italy, Nicola Zingaretti, has also spoken out against the attack, stating that it was one of “grisly violence”.
Not to be facetious, but if there’s one thing I always notice about the sort of people who make effigies, it’s that they’re f*cking awful at making effigies.
No one would have known that was Greta Thunberg had it it not been for the sign that had her name on it on the front.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad. The last thing I want to see is a realistic portrayal of a 16-year-old decidedly good person hanging from a bridge, but the craftsmanship is appalling.
Bad on two accounts, that effigy.
Images with Twitter, Getty
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