Greta Thunberg has been causing waves across the world with her powerful stance on climate change.
The 16-year-old force of nature (pun intended) has particularly made an impact on white, middle aged men who – and you may be shocked to hear this – have responded to her activism with rage, sexism and downright disgust.
The narrative of the emasculated white man who feels threatened by a woman speaking her mind is an old one. It’s something that, for the most part, we rage over, roll our eyes at and then carry on.
Women don’t have time to indulge the thoughts and opinions of men who lash out because they feel threatened.
But, in the case of Greta, I can’t help but be continuously shocked. Fair enough, if you don’t like what she’s saying. Fair enough, if you don’t agree with her view or her lifestyle. But how men, or any people for that matter, think it’s okay to hate on any person let alone a TEENAGE GIRL simply because her opinions don’t align with their own is beyond me.
It’s okay for them to be misogynistic and entitled simply on the grounds that they don’t agree? No thanks.
This whole ‘hatred for Greta Thunberg’ saga has reached new horrifying heights with a life-size effigy of her found hanging from a bridge in Rome, according to a report from Agency France-Presse.
The ‘doll’ was wearing a yellow poncho and sported pigtails, bearing a sign with the words “Greta is your God” written on it in English.
Rome’s mayor Virginia Raggi tweeted a photo of the effigy alongside a message of solidarity for Greta and her family .
According to Sky News, local media is attributing the effigy to local group Gli Svegli, which means The Awake in English.
Greta has received blatant death threats in the wake of her powerful speech at The United Nations in September, but this effigy and the statement it is trying to make is just barbaric.
Again, I say, you don’t have to agree with her message, but you should definitely agree that violence is not the answer. It’s also certainly not deserved. And it says more about you than it ever will about Greta.
Also, what the actual f*ck?