A British media personality tried to mock teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg—and got promptly ratioed
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British media personality and journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer taunted Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in a tweet on Wednesday with the long haul flights Hartley-Brewer had booked for her winter family holiday. “Level of guilt being felt: 0%,” she wrote, along with a photograph of Greta.
Hi Greta, I’ve just booked some long haul flights for my family to enjoy some winter sun on the beach this Christmas.— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) August 14, 2019
Level of guilt being felt: 0% pic.twitter.com/BVE3JyiNgi
People were a bit astonished.
Bloody weird tweet tbh— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) August 14, 2019
With a lot of users reminding Hartley-Brewer that she is in fact a full-grown adult criticizing a teenage girl.
Hi Julia, does it make you feel big and brave bullying a teenage girl— louise stewart (@louisestewartLs) August 14, 2019
You're 51, Julia— Danielle (@dseddon91) August 14, 2019
This is just bullying now. You are a grown woman, start behaving like one.— Collaborator Remainer Rat & proud of it #FBPE (@organicsi) August 14, 2019
Yeah you really showed that child you weird old wretch— Ross McCafferty (@RossMcCaff) August 14, 2019
She’s a 16yr old trying to save the world, whereas you’re just a fucking idiot trying to save your pathetic career. Pick on someone your own size & quit bullying kids ya loser.— John Gordon Sinclair (@Jgs_x) August 14, 2019
Unfortunately, there also seem to be a lot of people who either don’t believe in the reality of climate change or have decided to deliberately harm the environment in an attempt to score points against the left.
Lets remember Climate Change is a religion, by her own words today. "We prayed to gods, but now we pray to computers and climate models." This has NOTHING to do with the climate its a full blown CULT— Ged 52% #NoDeal,NoProblem (@Ged_2345) August 14, 2019
Here here!! I stopped recycling this year cos I was sick of being preached to by lefties!!— Sarah #TheBrexitParty (@misssar41) August 14, 2019
New York next month for me, gas guzzler airport transfers to and from Manhattan. Steak dinners etc.— Raymond Kemp (@rayinstirling) August 14, 2019
The comebacks are funny.
I cut my own fingers off cause lefties told me to be careful.— By Popular Demand: The Lizard Wizard (@Indiecornwall) August 14, 2019
The road to Katie Hopkins lite is long and difficult.— Nick Mahon (@NickPNE) August 14, 2019
News just in. So called journalist who dislikes the out of touch metropolitan liberal elite publically brags that she can afford to take her family on holiday at Xmas to the sun lit uplands.— Mark Standing (@MarkStanding3) August 14, 2019
But the number of people refusing to take climate change seriously because of political tribalism absolutely isn’t funny.
4000 climate change deniers liked this punching down tweet.— 🥡Merv 'USIsRunningConcentrationCamps'; Oz, too 🥚 (@Now4NI) August 14, 2019
Climate change is not political. If you think it is, you are very wrong. The planet doesn't care if you are left, right, leave or remain. Lampooning is one thing, Julia is bullying her. Do you see the differences?— Mike Brown (@donuts_uk) August 14, 2019
It’s also disturbing how many other adults are taking delight in mocking and imagining the distress of a teenager, as well as displaying bigoted attitudes towards autistic people.
Oh most certainly. *Laughs drastically*— BobTheBuilder🇬🇧 (@GrimMonkieie) August 14, 2019
A normal person would question themselves and their role when the supportive responses they receive include calls for child abuse.. pic.twitter.com/qzX5Fdud4F— Name (@AmateurEconomix) August 14, 2019
While autism is a spectrum and some autistic people struggle more than others, every autistic person is affected differently and, importantly, autism does not equal a lack of capacity or understanding. Additionally, comparing autistic people to robots (which would include cyborgs) has a very nasty history. Greta, 16, has Asperger syndrome.
Her parents should be feeling guilty. She is a young girl with mental health problems as confirmed by her mother. She will easily obsess about things (given her diagnosis and indoctrination), and she is being exploited. So WE need to take this BS seriously?— Mischievous Maverick (@Missy3592) August 14, 2019
She’s a cyborg. Honestly that child cannot be taken seriously, I’d rather listen to a cat than listen to anything that comes out of her mouth.— Adam Booth (@adambooth74) August 14, 2019
Climate change is undeniably real. According to NASA, “The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia.”
The consequences, listed on the same website, are acidified oceans, massive rises in sea level, and catastrophic weather events. A failure to take action now will be catastrophic.
And taunting a child is an ugly thing to do, no matter how you look at it.
Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org