16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, recently dubbed "Apocalypse Guru", has sparked outrage by publishing a picture of herself wearing a shirt worn by members of the left-wing Antifa movement.
In one of her recent tweets, Thunberg notified her massive followship that she had released a song with the British indie pop band The 1975. All revenues will go to the climate movement Extinction Rebellion, which has made a name for itself by organising left-wing climate protests in Sweden and other countries.
“Time to rebel”, the Nobel Peace Prize nominee wrote, posting a photograph of herself wearing a shirt tagged “Antifascist All Stars”. Thunberg's shirt is also adorned with a five-pointed star and No Pasaran caption, (“They Shall Not Pass”), a Spanish War-era slogan popular in left-wing circles.
New track from @the1975 out today and I’m in it! So happy to collaborate with these great people. All our income from this track titled The 1975 - which will be the opening track on their upcoming album - will go to #ExtinctionRebellion Time to rebel! https://t.co/Pyk4PNbMDl pic.twitter.com/gYfWHyVSwL— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) 25 июля 2019 г.
T-shirts such as this one, alongside others with prints “Antifascist Action” and “Refugees Welcome” are sold in left-wing stores and are widely popular with the radical Antifa movement, associated with violent protests, threats and physical attacks.
Thunberg's choice of attire has been widely criticised, with users poiting out that Antifa “beat the living s*** out of people” in the streets.
Antifa beats the living s*** out of people on the street, maybe consider a new shirt.— meh' (@SamWaltonisdead) 25 июля 2019 г.
Others suggested that Greta “finally showed her true colours” by siding with a violent organisation.
So Greta shows sympathy for an organisation that has been pointed out as a threat to the democracy in Sweden, that uses threats and violence as a political method. Dear all; Finally Greta and her crew showed their real colors.— Kurt Johansson finns på GAB🔫🦖 (@kurt_johansson) 26 июля 2019 г.
Some went so far as to suggest that she was “supporting terrorists” and that her clothing would haunt her life and career.
Great. Now she supports terrorists.— 1/1024 (@Dexterchris3) 26 июля 2019 г.
That Antifa shirt you’re wearing will haunt you the rest of your life! It will affect your education and employment opportunities and quite possibly make you ineligible for any government positions or politics. Good luck with that!— ProudMaxSupporter #PPC2019 (@MBPrairieGirl6) 25 июля 2019 г.
The Antifa shirt didn't sit well even with some of her numerous supporters.
nice shirt......if you belongs to that violent group, i´m not with u— mattias (@MattiasSjuetta) 25 июля 2019 г.
“AFA? Left-wing extremist or right-wing extremist is just as bad. I didn't think that of you, Greta. Bad. Very bad”, a disappointed user wrote.
AFA? Vänsterextremist eller Högerextremist är lika illa. Detta trodde jag inte om dig Greta. Illa. Väldigt illa.— El Toro (@MrPink7676) 25 июля 2019 г.
#ExtinctionRebellion why are you wearing antifa t-shirt? What's next, a nazi t-shirt perhaps? You seem to glorify fascism and violence so I guess you embrace all violent movements. Shame on you!— ᛈᚱᛟᚲᛖᛋᛋᚨᚾ (även på GAB) (@processan) 25 июля 2019 г.
“So Climate Greta is just another extreme left terrorist”, another one wrote.
Så klimatgreta är bara ännu en extremvänster terrorist https://t.co/ggCSow8wkS— Magnus Dahlberg (@dahl17) 26 июля 2019 г.
Failed Bid for National Strike
Earlier this week, Thunberg, who rose to international prominence by boycotting school for the sake of climate and organising school protests under the slogan Fridays for Future, went one step further by calling for a nationwide strike.
“The youth have already requested change, now the climate crisis requires the adults to do the same”, Greta Thunberg wrote in her opinion article in Aftonbladet, urging Sweden's trade unions to announce a general strike this autumn.
According to Thunberg, unless the world drastically cuts its carbon dioxide emissions, we risk “complete social collapse”.
However, a subsequent survey by the daily Expressen indicated that only one in ten respondents indended to heed her call. By contrast, 86 percent said they don't imagine themselves “striking for the climate”, as Thunberg puts it.
“No, we do not solve the climate challenges by adults now having to strike. Nor do we solve them by appointing a child a climate-Jesus of sorts and creating alarmism and chaos in society”, a user noted.
Nej, vi löser inte klimatutmaningarna med att vuxna nu ska strejka och vi löser dom inte genom att utse ett barn till klimat-Jesus och skapa alarmism och kaos i samhället. Klimatrörelsen + ID politiken är bara vänsterns nya kostym och angreppssätt mot samhället och dess grund 😫 pic.twitter.com/QUOFfhXcRl— AlexanderDenStore 🔫 (Nu också på GAB) (@RealityCheckSWE) 25 июля 2019 г.
“We do not usually use strikes as a weapon for pressure on various political issues, however important and urgent they are, and we do not believe that a work stoppage would bring us closer to a solution to the climate issue”, Berit Müllerström of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation told national broadcaster SVT.
While enjoying rock star-level popularity bordering on sainthood, Thunberg remains a widely controversial figure. Critics suggest that due to her diagnoses of Asperger's, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), she is often exploited by the media and various governments.
Thunberg's mother, opera singer Malena Ernman, also contributed to the controversy by claiming that her daughter possesses the unique ability to see carbon dioxide with the naked eye.