Greta Thunberg has since responded to the spoof written by two comedians
Many adults have shown their true colors this week when it comes to anger directed at 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg, mostly in the form of angry white men (because of course). Luckily, there’s now a helpline they can call to air their grievances about the teenager. It’s a spoof, but it’s hilarious.
In the video, created by Australian comedian Mark Humphries, the man in the video describes himself as “a middle-aged man with an embarrassing problem,” becoming “irrationally angry at a Swedish girl who wants to save the planet.”
“If you’re a grown adult who needs to yell at a child for some reason, the Greta Thunberg Helpline is here to tolerate you,” a narrator says, adding, “It’s okay. We understand that children acting like adults can make adults act like children.”
The best part is Greta Thunberg herself — who has proven to be a force to be reckoned with, and rightly so — tweeted her own reaction to the video.
“Hang in there! Help is available,” she said.
Greta Thunberg is having A Moment. In addition to protesting outside the White House for climate change and leading a climate strike that included an estimated four million kids and their supporters worldwide, she was also one of 15 other young adults to file a lawsuit. During the United Nations climate summit this week, they announced they’ve decided to sue five of the world’s major carbon polluters because they are violating their rights as children. If the suit is successful, the five countries named –Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey — would have to work with other nations to “forge binding emissions’ reduction targets.”
Grown men and women of the internet have taken to their social media accounts to slam Thunberg with sarcasm and targeted harassment all week, including Donald Trump. Because of course he did. It’s not exactly out of character for the president to bully anyone, even a child, but the fact that he’s consistently so blatant and public about his harassment is something not even the most hardened of us can really get used to.
Hence the need for the “helpline.” Because sometimes adults need to “yell at a child for some reason.” And people of Twitter (the ones not into harassing teenagers, anyway) are extremely here for it.
Earlier this week Thunberg spoke at the Climate Action Summit in New York City and delivered a powerful, harrowing message to the world — but especially its leaders — about the heartbreaking state of the climate.
“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here,” she said, growing emotional. “I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words and yet, I am one of the lucky ones. People are suffering.”
She acknowledges her privilege while calling out world leaders on a global stage, quite literally capturing the world’s attention. She deserves all the praise in the world for her courage and dedication to climate change. And if you disagree, well, there’s a helpline for that.