An Albertan oil company is under scrutiny for its connection to an NSFW sticker of Sweden's most famous environmental activist. The disturbing Greta Thunberg sticker emerged on Facebook on Wednesday, February 26, and was allegedly linked to X-Site Energy Services. Now, locals are calling out the company while politicians are trying to figure out who's responsible in the first place.
The graphic depicts the Thunberg in a sexually exploitive position with the word "Greta" written on her lower back.
Michelle Narang from Alberta found and reported the now-viral image. She was also one of the few people who managed to get a hold of the oil company.
As per the Canadian Press via The Globe and Mail, Narang discovered the image when a friend from the oil and gas industry sent it to her.
She subsequently posted the image on Facebook and condemned the energy company for having its logo printed underneath.
She also reported the image to RCMP, claiming that it represented child pornography.
In an email to Narcity, Red Deer RCMP explained that they “determined that the decal does not meet the elements of child pornography. Nor does the decal depict a non-consensual act that would be a direct threat to the person.”
As such, they will not be making any further comments on the investigation.
Global News reported that Narang contacted the company's general manager Doug Sparrow and asked him whether he was aware of his company logo being associated with the sticker.
In a conversation with Narang, Sparrow reportedly confirmed that he was aware of the explicit sticker and added that Thunberg is "not a child, she's 17."
Global also interviewed Doug Sparrow himself, who denied the accusations that his company had anything to do with posting the image online.
But he did not provide an answer to whether the company actually authorized the printing of the sticker.
Sparrow also did not officially confirm if the company had anything to do with the creation of the sticker, or if they had a part to play in its design.
So at this point, it's still unknown as to who is responsible for the image's design and release.
The company has shut down all their websites and social media channels amid the backlash.
The controversial image has invited negative responses from politicians, civilians, and social media users from all across the board.
Leela Aheer, Alberta's Minister for the Status of Women, said on Twitter that "whoever is responsible should be ashamed and apologize immediately."
The graphic in this article is completely deplorable, unacceptable and degrading. This is not what our province sta… https://t.co/ea6NWZWTCE— Leela Sharon Aheer (@Leela Sharon Aheer)1582825442.0
To which Premier Jason Kenney responded, "Thank-you for denouncing this odious image and the message it sends."
@LeelaAheer Thank-you for denouncing this odious image and the message it sends, @LeelaAheer.— Jason Kenney (@Jason Kenney)1582837416.0
Alberta's Minister of Energy, Sonya Savage, also took to Twitter to condemn the graphic and said it does not represent the province's energy industry.
This graphic is completely unacceptable. It certainly does not represent Alberta's energy industry. I agree with… https://t.co/05Pnsm9rCZ— Sonya Savage (@Sonya Savage)1582827820.0
A local graphic design company, Velocity Graphics — which has produced decals for X-Site Energy in the past — has denied having designed the sticker according to CBC News.
They also announced that they will not be working with X-Site in the future.
Narcity has reached out to Thunberg for comment. As of Friday afternoon, the 17-year-old activist has not responded to the now-viral image.