Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has responded to an offensive image of her that emerged on the internet this week. The 17-year-old took to Twitter to share her opinion on the Greta Thunberg sticker, which is allegedly linked to an Alberta Oil Company. Taking a positive stance on the disturbing situation, Thunberg concluded, “This shows we’re winning.”
Earlier this week, a cartoon image circulated on social media, appearing to show the young Swedish woman in a sexually exploitive position.
The picture is allegedly linked to the Alberta oil company X-Site Energy Services, as their logo is featured on the decal.
After circulating on Wednesday, the picture received widespread criticism. Several Canadian politicians responded to the controversial image, with Alberta's Minister for the Status of Women describing it as, "Completely deplorable, unacceptable and degrading."
While Red Deer RCMP strongly condemned the image, it was confirmed on Friday that it does not constitute a crime.
On Saturday morning, the Swedish environmental activist took to Twitter to respond to the controversey.
“They are starting to get more and more desperate…” she wrote, sharing an article about the sticker.
Thunberg went on to add, “This shows that we’re winning.”
They are starting to get more and more desperate... This shows that we’re winning. https://t.co/NLOZL331X9— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1582989970.0
Within an hour of posting her response, Thunberg's tweet had more than 21,000 likes.
The 17-year-old also received thousands of well-wishes and messages of support.
One person responded to say, "I’m happy to see you are not taking this viciousness inside your head."
Another added, "Keep fighting the good fight Greta. Courageous and strong. We love you."
@GretaThunberg It’s disgusting and cruel and I’m happy to see you are not taking this viciousness inside your head… https://t.co/iMqA1JVTsN— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@✌🏼rosanna arquette)1582990282.0
@GretaThunberg Keep fighting the good fight @GretaThunberg Courageous and strong. We love you— 🎸🏳️🌈 LeftyPickit 🏳️🌈🎸 (@🎸🏳️🌈 LeftyPickit 🏳️🌈🎸)1582990193.0
The upsetting image has emerged just weeks after Thunberg publicly criticized Justin Trudeau's climate action. Earlier this month, she shared an article that called attention to the Prime Minister's “climate hypocrisy.”
Thunberg has also made her opinion on the Canadian Wet’suwet’en protests known, tweeting in February, “Indigenous rights = Climate justice. #WetsuwetenStrong #KeepItInTheGround."
In an Instagram post last year, Thunberg spoke openly about the harassment she experiences on a regular basis.
She wrote, “I honestly don’t understand why adults would choose to spend their time mocking and threatening teenagers and children for promoting science, when they could do something good instead.”
“I guess they must simply feel so threatened by us,” she concluded.